The Polish Artist Who Crafts Scottish Independence
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small, The Polish Artist Who Crafts Scottish Independence, Gosia Bruchlikowska, Scottie dog, photo: courtesy of the artist, 2014-09-16-17.17.01.jpg
While Scotland is holding its breath and waits in suspense for the results of the independence referendum, Gosia Bruchlikowska, a Polish artist based in Edinburgh, creates unusual sculptures made of wire, paper, and several thousand YES campaign leaflets. - They are humorous variations on Scottishness - she says in an interview for Culture.pl
The politically engaged Scottie Dog, created just few days ago, is made in white and blue, colors of the Scottish flag. He holds up his head in a musing pose, as if he was looking into the uncertain future
Scottie dogs are an important part of my daily life here, and one of the most recognizable symbols of Scotland, part of its identity. My sculptures - made of colored paper, glue, wire and wood, not very serious nor bombastic, are sort of humorous variations on Scottishness. Edinburgh residents react to it very positively, with humor and affection - tells us Gosia Bruchlikowska.
The artist revealed that she has been working on another sculpture, which this time for the sake of political balance is made from promotional materials of the Better Together campaign. But its final look depends on the results of the referendum of September 18.
Gosia Bruchlikowska is a Polish visual artist, based in Scotland, a graduate of the prestigious Edinburgh College of Art, and the author of several series of Scottie Dogs paper sculptures. Each dog is named after a Scottish island in Gaelic and is made from approximately 7,000 individually hand-rolled pieces of old newspapers, such as The Scotsman, Guardian and Financial Times, as well as brochures such as a catalogue of the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. The visual differences highlight the personality and bring out the unique character of each sculpture. The first dog has been created for a charity auction in 2012, and was shown at an exhibition in the Alfa Gallery in Stockbridge. It has received a very positive response from the audience, and initiated the production of a limited edition of 11 Scottish Terrier.
In addition to sculpture and design, Bruchlikowska's artistic practice includes drawing and experimentation with distinct techniques; she designs maps of space with the use of light, explores eye-tracking with a method of drawing based on recorded eye movements. In 2010, she graduated with honors from the Art & Design course at Edinburgh Telford College, earning a special prize for the best project from Richard Demarco, a well-known artist, founder of the Traverse Theatre and activist of the famous Fringe Festival. In the near future, her works will be exhibited in France and New York.
The work of Gosia Bruchlikowska is another Polish voice in the Scottish battle for independence. It is worth recalling that in August the Song of the Goat Theatre from Wrocław performed a widely discussed musical project "Return to the voice" at the famous Fringe Festival in Edinburgh.
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Source:gosiawalton.com, own materials, ed. AL, transl.GS, 18.09.2014