Artist statement

In my artwork, I often take an inspiration from traditional cultures of various parts of the world. I am fascinated with fairy tales, nursery rhymes and lullabies, and my graphic works are often created in response to one of them. While I often borrow some ideas, themes and elements of the artistic language from traditional cultures, I use them, sometimes in a playful way, to convey my point of view on the world around us, on our beliefs, biases, dreams and fears.

I like experimenting with various types of printing media. To create some of my works, I use Styrofoam printing, an original technique I developed. It is similar to linocut and woodcut but imperfections and grainy structure of the material add a rough edge to resulting prints, giving more of a traditional-art feel to them. I also use silkscreen print -- it provides me with an opportunity to work with a wider range of materials including textile fabric. Besides the visual element, the tactile aspect is very important to me: you can leaf through a book, and your fingers will feel the warmth and texture of its pages; or trembling fabric of curtains may slightly touch you and pass an airy sensation.

I always aim to encode different layers of meaning in my works. These layers correspond to moving from outer, surface interpretation towards an inner, perhaps a deeper, or at least a different, view on the subject. For example, I am always fascinated with books – from very ancient manuscripts to modern mass-produced ones.  My interests in them are two-fold: both in typography, but also in the text, that is the content itself. In my own work with typography, I play with the visual arrangement of words and symbols but I also give some hints to the viewer to what the underlying meaning might be. This element of play is very significant to me.

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