In my work, I focus on topics connected to my family and nationality, especially the cult of icons in Poland and its strong connection with identity and cultural ritual. Icons seem to be a mythical topic, understood as physical objects and as a part of traditional culture. Through my practice, I want to narrate and create my own icons: places, people, objects that are close to me.
I usually work with monoprint and collage, encompassing drawing, photography, painting and textiles. I paint imaginative places from my childhood, and include figures of myself and my family members, especially women I admire. The figures are familiar, but after the collaging, they are just representations and objects. The landscape is shifting and each time shows a different family ‘season’. I rescale, isolate and detach them from the reality I know, placing them into a non-space unaffected by time. I reimage and deprive family members of relationships, leaving them and myself in this strange universe, where each of us becomes a silent icon.
Reconstructing family photos is a part of my visual language. The figures are absorbed into or stand out from the background and do not recognise each other's presence. They exist in space or wander around abstract landscapes without an exit point. People, objects, moments, and spaces from my childhood are taken from one timeline and moved to another.