Approved: 14.12.2015

Karolina Ptaszkowska

Artist

Approved: 14.12.2015

My work is derived and about painting and I construct it around quotes. The core references are to everyday life and Modernist pieces of art. I am also fascinated by psychoanalysis, science and science-fiction. I try to construct a 'visual narrator', which incorporates my experiences and personality, but is also a pure creation, representing a philosophical mindset and social concerns. I create paintings and objects that explore how history and visions of future shape individual’s identity.

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Biography

My work is derived and about painting and I construct it around quotes. The core references are to everyday life and Modernist pieces of art. I am also fascinated by psychoanalysis, science and science-fiction. I try to construct a 'visual narrator', which incorporates my experiences and personality, but is also a pure creation, representing a philosophical mindset and social concerns. I create paintings and objects that explore how history and visions of future shape individual’s identity.

I undertake a dialogue over the representational by analysing influences of modern art on the perception of the contemporary estate of painting. Since Abstraction has become representational, because of its historical reference - embodying an approach, style or motive from 20th century art - it allows me to test the heterogeneity of a painterly gesture. I take abstract gestures out of their contexts as Modernist pieces of work and layer them with more illustrative figures and narrations. I try to create entirely new space for them and to express observations about my surroundings. I am intrigued by the new set of connections and how the painterly gesture is abstract and representational at the same time; it can be a motif, a part of a composition, a stain of paint or a depiction and it very easily transmutes and evolves into something wholly different.

I am drifting between abstraction and representation and very often what my painting presents is very different to what it depicts. In my works the literal layer and depictions serve as a bridge to my real subjects: painting, codification and questions about the distance to the Lacanian big Other.

CV & Education

KAROLINA PTASZKOWSKA

Born in Nowy Sacz (Poland).
Lives and works in Bristol (UK).

Education

2017-2016 Turps Banana Art School - Correspondence Painting Course / London, UK

2010-2005 Academy of Fine Arts, MFA in Painting / Warsaw, PL

Selected Exhibitions

2016
'Hatched Plans', Nest Gallery, Bristol (UK)
'Bath Open Art Prize', FaB; 44AD Artspace, Bath, (UK)

2015
'After-Images' ('Po-widoki') group show at Sokol Gallery, curated by Malgorzata Miskowiec, Nowy Sacz (PL)

2014
’Underneath It All’ solo show, Hamilton House, Bristol, (UK)

2012
‘Painters’ Night’, Praca Gallery, Szpitalna 6, Warsaw, (PL)

2011
'Start to Hangart', group show, Klima Bochenska’s Gallery, Warsaw, (PL)
'Diplomas at Lubelska' group show, Lubelska 33/22, Warsaw, (PL)

2010
’The Best Young Artists in Poland’ (Artistic Hestia’s Journey), National Baltic Gallery, Gdansk, (PL)
'Active Side of Unreal', Diplomas at the ASP, Warsaw, (PL)

2009
‘ Jaroslaw Modzelewski and His Students’, group show, Kierat-1 Gallery, Szczecin, (PL)

2007
'Class No. 66', group show, Young Artists’ Gallery, Warsaw (PL)
'Group show', Gallery 011, Torun, (PL)

EXPERIENCES:

2016
Shorlisted to the 'South West Showcase Open Call', Gallery at Plymouth College of Art (UK)