Me as Damsel in Distress Photo taken by the ghost of Andy Warhol!!!
Fun City outside of Varberg
Marcel Duchamp as the Death of Art
Theodor W. Adorno at the graveyard
Stories from the Forest, Records from the City
Trail of breadcrumbs
Songs are spells
My study takes the concept of liminality
as its focal point. I consider liminality from various perspectives since it is
a state in-between, hiding a silent promise of metamorphosis. I juggle
and play with various artistic forms and expressions reflecting the process of becoming,
transformation and a state of cultural and aesthetic limbo.
I begin my
dissertation by analyzing how my double cultural background and the fact that I
have been strongly affected by three languages during my upbringing: Polish, English
and Swedish, have made me rootless and mysterious. Then, I moved over to study
how the forest can be seen as a liminal space - a no-man’s land - where
transformation takes place in classical folk & fairy tales with a special
emphasis on the traditional Grimm Brother’s tale Hansel and Gretchen, which I study thoroughly and it becomes a sort
of inspiration for my whole PhD project. The patron and god of liminality –
Hermes, worshipped at crossroads and lacking temple is also present in my
essay, functioning as a reminder that the ancient messenger god was actually
the true inventor of the most important music instrument for Greeks – the Lyra.
Since liminality is the middle stage of a traditional rite of passage I am
interested in how music functions as the key ingredient in all rituals, with a
special focus on the role of words and lyrics. I believe that songs are our contemporary substitute for magical spells; with
their repeatability and relatedness to rhythm and beat.
part of my work is comprised of an installation in the space of the gallery Kolonia
Artystów in Gdańsk. The installation located in four rooms of the gallery
includes two main parts, each of them constituting an autonomous whole,
contrasting as regards formal expression. There is a holistic set of
connections between them, which combines these two worlds into one
installation. What makes these two worlds coherent are instant photos in
different shapes and colors, which were taken in Sweden and in Poland creating
my own trail of breadcrumb. The first
visual project proposed as a part of my doctoral work is a diptych video Stories
from the forest, records from the city, including cityscapes and landscapes
focused on the sphere of sacrum, symbolic poetic mood and nomadism. The
project is based on the conceptual artistic methodology characteristic of the
The second part
is comprised of numerous elements of the artistic activity of duet Combi
Cats, which I co-originate together with Kordian Lewandowski. An installation
consisting of a musical odyssey derived from a linear structure, located
spatially, includes musical objects, sculptures, and a cycle of video clips
permeated with a trickster’s energy.
activity of Combi Cats as regards its post-modernist form and references
to the aesthetics of the mass art may be associated with a public sphere and
the term ‘carnivalesque’ as coined by Mikhail Bakhtin. These distinct counterpoints
(sacrum-profanum, low-high) are the reflection of my dichotomous
nature and being torn on the ground of nationalities, emotions and religions,
the source of which can be found in my double Swedish-Polish identity and my
past closely connected with Christianity and a loss of faith.
When home is
more of a feeling than a space, I take roots in the world through poetic mood.
These are my songs on the border between forest and city, between one language
and another, expressed in the third one, which holds them together, between
solitude and being a part of a society. This is a dialogue between living and
dead poets. From other people’s words I carve the rosary of my own prayers and
incantations to cross subsequent thresholds of the world.
PhD Installation - 2017
Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk Faculty of Sculpture and Intermedia Supervisor: prof. dr hab. Grzegorz Klaman Auxiliary supervisor: dr Katarzyna Lewandowska Reviewers: dr hab. Iwona Demko dr hab. Dominik Lejman