Approved: 14.12.2015

Karolina Ptaszkowska

Artist

Approved: 14.12.2015

I consider my works on several levels. On the one hand, I want my work to be a ground for experimental, formalist abstraction, and on the other hand, I analyse the illustrative as well as the self-reflective qualities of an image - derived from modern art. I emphasise examining the intellectual structure of an artwork; subjectivism, objectivism and the position of an author. Borrowing the language from the theory of literature, I create a narrator character, using it as another medium that leaves traces. The narrator is a filter applied between me - an author, and the dimension of an artwork.

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Biography

I consider my works on several levels. On the one hand, I want my work to be a ground for experimental, formalist abstraction, and on the other hand, I analyse the illustrative as well as the self-reflective qualities of an image - derived from modern art. I emphasise examining the intellectual structure of an artwork; subjectivism, objectivism and the position of an author. Borrowing the language from the theory of literature, I create a narrator character, using it as another medium that leaves traces. The narrator is a filter applied between me - an author, and the dimension of an artwork.

In my works, the literal layer and depictions serve as a bridge and the actual narration I conduct appears on the level of marks and gestures. I move around in a world of witches, smoke and mirrors. I explore female perception by conducting a narrative from a witch perspective. Witches, although perceived as villains, fill the gap in female iconography in art and culture, having equal standing to popular images of active and more complex male characters.

I am fascinated by control, transformation, blur and error. My aim is to have variable standpoints towards works, so the paintings can act as different characters. I look at how Dostoyevsky builds his characters. His ‘urge to see everything as coexisting, to perceive and show all things side by side, as if they existed in space and not in time, leads him to dramatize, in space, even internal contradictions and internal stages in the development of a single person’ (M. Bakhtin ‘Problems of Dostoyevsky’s Poetics’).

The process of painting I compare to ‘jamming’ – I ‘unleash’ different voices, while I perceive the narrator as a temperamental omniscient that controls and unravels the storyline. This literary framework, that allows a reader to move about between positions, voices and time, reflects my investigation about the influence of my own personality and experiences towards objective standpoints.

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

2017
Pay & Display Prize 2017 - Exhibition (selected by Daphne Wright & Beatrice Haines); Centrespace Gallery, Bristol (UK)

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
'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)