Edyta Dzierż talks to us about her art, answering 10 questions, using the 5 W’s
(Who, What, Where, When, Why).
Who are you?
I am a painter and performer from Warsaw, Poland.
Who are your favourite artists?
My favorite artists … of Polish artists are Jerzy Tchórzewski, Rajmund Ziemski and Wojciech Fangor, and when it comes to foreign artists are Paul Gauguin, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Picasso.
What themes does your art focus on?
In my art, references to nature are important to me.
The expression of my paintings is the result of a fascination with the ambiguity of nature. I choose and transform its elements: color, light, rhythm, chaos-regularity, variety of textures/structures.
The term “synesthesia” is close to me.
For me, painting are the language of intuition, a way of transmitting sensual experiences. My works are a synthesis of my painting research aimed at creating painting compositions with a non-permanent and non-specific emotional load.
In the paintings I associate abstractions and true references from nature in which man is involved.
What is your hallmark as an artist?
My paintings are based on strong colors, vivid lines, layered transparent and/or flat patches of color and the texture (or lack thereof) of a modified acrylic and/or oil paint.
What music or other audio do you listen to while you work?
During the creative process I listen to music of various genres (apart from disco polo, country;). It is for me a way to concentrate during the painting process.
Musical pieces are also a pretext for painting pictures. I co-create the interdisciplinary creative group “Symphony”. We exhibit our art in galleries and concert halls.
I also co-create the spectacle together with the musicians. Thus, there is a mutual inspration of various artistic activities, undertaken live in the presence of the audience, which influences the diverse emotional course of the spectacle.
I also use sounds in my solo projects – Performance painting-sound-light.
I create “living” painting compositions in which sounds are in symbiosis with my painting activity, and light is an element that formally and expressively unites the layers of image and sound.
When did you decide that art was part of you and your life?
From an early age, I painted and drew. I devoted all my free time to reproducing plants, especially flowers, as well as animals from newspapers and books at home, at school, on vacation. I’ve only ever had one dream – to become an artist. Already in primary school, I attended professional classes at the “Artistic Center” where I learned to draw, paint people and still lifes. Also, throughout the entire period of high school, I was developing my skills and preparing myself for the exams for my dream art studies. I graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Faculty of Painting in Warsaw, Poland.
Where do you work on your artwork?
I work every day at Pracownia 23. I usually get inspired by nature before that and only then paint pictures in my studio. I also like to paint works directly in the circumstances of nature.
Where would you like to see your artworks exhibited?
My art is stimulated by nature. I have an unrealized project to show my paintings in the natural environment. I would like to choose spaces where the painterly compositions and frames of nature I have created can lead to a dialogue, complement each other and contrast at different times of the day and year. The project would assume ephemeral activities as well as photo and / or film documentation.
Why do you make art?
Being an artist, creating is my lifestyle. For me, painting is a language of intuition as a means of transmitting sensual experiences – a feeling registered by color, gesture and expression. White canvases absorb my thoughts, ideas, traces, signs, words, sounds, energy…
Why do you think art is important in our society?
I believe that art reveals a deeper meaning of human life and gives it a new quality and value. After all, we do not go to the theater to see a spectacle, we do not go to the gallery to see the pictures,we do not reach for a book, only because we feel as hungry for them as for bread, but in order to see life in a different, higher, more beautiful light. As the Polish national poet Juliusz Słowacki wrote, art can “transform the eaters of bread into angels”.
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