Visual artist whose work is focused on processes associated with location and the image as a function of memory, emotion, perception and orientation. Through the use of different media, she analyses the relations between a human, space and objects. Born in 1978 in Wrocław.
Visual artist whose work is focused on processes associated with location and the image as a function of memory, emotion, perception and orientation.
A graduate of graphics from the Wrocław Academy of Fine Arts, Sokolnicka conceives a point of departure as "a point of view from which everything looks disappointing". Subtly composed on paper, her monochromatic works seem to present this disappointment in action, yet with a witty, even auto-ironic distance. The reproductions are carelessly, or even cruelly, cut and torn by the artist, making the photo - formerly a wide window with a view on the world - to become a only a narrow chasm through which we can see at most a fragment of the whole. The theme of frames and curtains present in most of Kama Sokolnicka's work builds a certain unnerving sense of absence. The motifs of frames, shutters and view-finders that run through Kama Sokolnicka's work encourages the viewer to complete the broken narratives with their own stories.
young artists of the 21st century
disappoint of view
Her Cubic Structures are modernist buildings/constructions painted on plywood, illuminated by a light of an undefined source or are worryingly decomposed. The Gloom with a View series makes reference to feelings of suspense and Freud's 'unconscious' theory. Canvases, that bring to mind such films as Hitchcock's Rear Window or Antonioni's Blow Up present neutral fragments of suburban architecture, implementing a mysterious atmosphere and suggesting the existence of a secret or hidden crime.
Editor: Agnieszka Le Nart
Source: Zachęta National Gallery
Thumbnail credit: Kama Sokolnicka, Series III (urbanistic), 2010, collage on vintage paper. Courtesy BWA Warszawa, Warsaw