Pola_Dwurnik_Stunt_Woman_2015_oil_on_can

20% will be donated to the NHS

Pola Dwurnik

 

Stunt Woman, 2015

Oil on Canvas

150 x 210 cm
 

£9,000

20% will be donated to the NHS

Pola Dwurnik works with oil painting, various drawing media, collage and Mail Art. In painting the artist tries to rediscover a new strength of expression in the confines of a figural representation, in which she examines identity caught in the conflict between the inner emotional and the external image.

 

In Stunt Woman, sometimes you have to do elaborate acrobatics in order to overcome obstacles and difficulties that life brings. A woman hangs on a thin line above a kitchen covered with all kinds of utensils, tools, pots, plates and dangerous objects (like knives, visible below the hanging figure). It is not about an escape, rather about finding a solution, or choosing the most complicated path. At the same time it is a portrait of her friend from Zurich, Ewelina Guzik. a performer and dancer, so in a certain way it is actually a portrait of a performer at work. The whole composition, the display of objects and the scale refers to the large scale photographs of Jeff Wall (see for instance The Invisible Man, 1999-2000 or Milk, 1987). Dwurnik created this painting in 2015 - the year of a centenary of Kazimir Malevich’s Black Square, so in the upper left corner you can see the black square and a few motives from Malevich’s work of 1915.

Dwurnik's works are in collections of National Museum in Gdansk, Museum of Contemporary Art MOCAK in Kraków, Contemporary Museum Wroclaw in Wroclaw, Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw and in private collections in Poland, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Great Britain, Spain, Portugal, France, Slovakia, Czech Republic, USA, Mexico, Japan and Australia.

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Detail - Pola_Dwurnik_Stunt_Woman_2015_o