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. More important than this is examining the intellectual structure of an artwork; subjectivism, objectivism and the position of an author. Borrowing

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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. More important than this is 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 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. My aim is to have variable standpoints towards works, so the paintings can act as different characters. This attitude regarding the idea of a narrator reflects an investigation about the influence of my personality and experiences towards a pure creation, that embodies a philosophical mindset and social concerns. My latest body of work is inspired by the recent wave of women’s protests caused by conservative governments, with the narrator impersonating the mythological witch character. These works are the result of my reaction to those current events, as well as a comment in the context of a discourse about the female subject in art and culture.

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)