Definitely one of the most shocking artists emerging from the famous Raster generation, Aneta Grzeszykowska is a Polish author who uses photography, video and digital techniques to explore various issues that most of us are usually not prepared to investigate. Her pieces tend to get quite shocking to unprepared viewers as Grzeszykowska will stop at nothing in order to get her message across. Through her rather varied work, this artist takes a look at our most private aspects, seeing how far can issues of intimacy, self-awareness and self-erasure take her.
Diverse Artistic Practice of Aneta Grzeszykowska
Both Aneta Grzeszykowska and her husband Jan Smaga graduated from the Graphic Design Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, the Polish capital. Although radically different from the work that will eventually put her on the map of the art world, the experience of studying at the Graphic Design Department served Aneta rather well in the long run. Aneta Grzeszykowska and her husband Jan Smaga remain active as an artistic collaboration to this day, working both as a team of photographers and independently. As it was said earlier, all of Aneta’s pieces are underlined by an intimate note. Grzeszykowska primarily focuses on the combined media of film and photography to create metaphorical, symbolic narratives that give us small and shocking glances into the ideas of childhood, womanhood and self-awareness. Her subjects are treated as marionettes or soulless characters, only present so the artist can transport her ideas over to the audience. It should be noted that Grzeszykowska is quite fond of using digital techniques in order to manipulate the material she created previously. By doing so, she gives birth to new contexts, expanding her pieces to incredible heights and new dimensions.
The art of Aneta Grzeszykowska tends to get quite shocking to the viewers who are unprepared for the kind of work this author is known for
Not Stopping at Nothing
The immense talent Aneta Grzeszykowska displays whilst working with various mediums and techniques is only furthered by her ability to use her own body as a creative Swiss Army knife, applying it to her pieces with fantastic results. This kind of practice is definitely best explained by the artist herself: My body and surroundings play a major role in my work for technical reasons – these are easily accessible and ample components of creation. My work is deeply rooted in the mundane reality. The questions I ask are addressed to me. Such an approach only makes Aneta Grzeszykowska more interesting to the viewers who already perceive her as a pivotal author associated with the Raster generation, one of Poland’s most creative institutions.
Aneta Grzeszykowska lives and works in Warsaw, Poland.
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Featured image: Aneta Grzeszykowska – A Photo of the artist – Image via culture.pl
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