ANNA KOŁODZIEJCZYK

2019 | 2018 ]

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Painter, curator, teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts Eu-geniusz Geppert in Wrocław.
Member of the Art Transparent Foundation of Contemporary Art. In the years 1999–2005 she studied at the Faculty of Painting and Sculpture at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków and Wrocław. Winner of several competitions; among others: Award of the Mayor of Wrocław in the Eugeniusz Geppert 8th National Painting Competition, 2007. Author of texts on art. Since 2008, co-curator of the SURVIVAL Art Review. Laureate of the cultural award of Gazeta Wyborcza WARTO 2010, in the field of Visual Arts, scholarship holder of the program of the Adam Mickiewicz Institute

ARTIST STATEMENT

Since 2017, I have been working on a painting series, which owes its title to the book Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton, which is a complex treatise on the influence of architecture and design on the mental condition of a human being. De Botton’s reflections resonate as an extensive credo of my painting work, starting with the statement that architecture “even in its most perfect forms will always be a weak and imperfect protest against the state of things”, and that “buildings talk about democracy or aristocracy, about openness or arrogance, about sympathy for the future or longing for the past ”, all these expressions shows my attitude to the aesthetic qualities referred to by specific periods and styles in the architecture of the 19th and 20th centuries. Entropy is an object of a cultural obsession that permeates art that aims to make its own times and changes the subject of communication. Architecture is an art defined by its function, which its opposite, ruin, does not fulfill for obvious reasons. What interests me the most is the unclear status of the ruins, which are not architecture but its remains, a remnant that changes over time and undergoes successive stages of destruction, and each of these stages builds a separate quality.