q) For the people who don't know your work - how would you
describe it ?
a)I make sewings which are most often two-color graphic drawings.
Sewing machine I see as a proper tool to draw in stitches, to create a new
surface, a texture, a picture. That way allows me to merge my eye-mind
imagination with a passion for texturing.
q) What are the key themes running through your practice?
a)In my practice I like continuation, but together - rolling
around and back to the same. So maybe the key-themes may be called slow motion
and repetition. For instance, I am sewing folds and giving them three dimention
perspective, I form them by using horizontal line rhyme, it contradicts the
fold sequence direction, which gives the whole picture a depth and vibration,
attracts to explore a whole image and a surface in detail. I use it in all my
motives, such as faces, folds or circles. I wish my works were not to shock but
q) Your favorite place on earth?
a)A place where I am at that moment
q) What influences your work?
a)A bit of all what I meet on my way, it is visual thinking in
general situation and everywhere I go. Whatever: photography, cinema, walls,
light, good discussion, people. I am also mad about textures, surface
tactuallity, simple linen makes me inspired if it falls softly and heavily,
gets nice light effects. Probably this combination of observing and crafting
lays down and reflects on my canvases.
q) What music are you into
a)I am listening always a whole bunch of things. Often happens the
day starts with radio classic, if they give me Swan Lake, I am thrilled. Then I
like to check out what's up on Sound Cloud. After watching Django Unchained I
found out to me this guy Jim Croce who died young in '70s. Nearby all I have
most favorite recent composers, I can listen to them whenever and for ever,
their works somewhat fit my tune, taste and understanding of sound:
Nr.1 is Bustler
Nr.2 is Jonny Ripper
Nr.3 is Darius Green
they all might be found on Soundcloud.com
q) Describe your thought & design process...
a)It is somewhat that I pick an image to use and thinking parallel
about the way how it will be converted into the stitches. Hard to say what
comes first, particular image or the whole concept of a canvas. Often I keep in
my mind the whole canvas impression in advance. I carry a smoky idea of the
whole picture including its' size, color amount, idea of composition. Then I
start drawing and editing with a software and get more precise in every detail,
adjust technical part. I always prepare several versions to pick one at the
end. Then choosing a proper thread size and background fabric texture, so the
stitch lays nice way on it. My works are mostly graphic images made of two
colors, I am choosing carefully a relation of background and stitch color, also
tensity of lines, to receive a wanted sfumato and chiaroscuro effect. At the
end it is very technical and dry part to make it real and to stitch precisely.
Also there are other works which have a preliminar plan, but after
experimenting directly on a canvas, using all predictable and coincidental
together, gets a new way during the process, dictates further ideas, it always
takes more time than expected and makes feel like an explorer. In circles I see
endless possibilities when painting or sewing them. Happens that I have a nice
piece of linen or wool prompting itself for what should come on it, so I work
straight on it.
q) Which emerging artists are you looking forward to seeing more
a)I really like japanese artist Macoto Muroyamas' botanical drawings.
I'm blown away about these thin and precise lines, cross-sections and measure
notes of real nature plants, they are beautiful.
Also Monika Grzymala, I am not sure if one may call her emerging,
she is emerged and established. I love her tape installations.
q) Favorite place on the internet?
a)I would like to burn internet ha ha
q) Do you have any upcoming projects/exhibitions we should know
a)I am working on a new big piece. It is time consuming and also a
challenge to me. But it's to early to talk about it. And I am making a year
break without exhibitions, so at the moment no shows scheduled. I will start
thinking about it again when some fresh works are finished.
q) Tell us something we don't know - but should...
a)Have no idea how to impress:)
q) Where can people see more of your work on the internet?