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exhibition opening | Maja Krysiak "I Stand in Front of the Mirrir Like a Dog and I Paint"

Please join us for the opening of the exhibition 'I Stand in Front of the Mirrir Like a Dog and I Paint' featuring works by Maja Krysiak on 10th August at 6pm. The artist will present her latest cycle, ‘Headless Giantesses’.


Maja Krysiak, "Full Moon", 2023, oil on canvas, 100 x 80 cm, courtesy of the artist



Dreams play a very important role in the artist’s work, as she has been carefully documenting them for years and using them as the primary inspiration for her painterly compositions. Dreams allow her to delve into the subconscious, search for archetypes and construct vivid metaphors. Reality and dream are seamlessly intertwined in her work. She finds their afterimages in everyday activities, like imprints on a pillow. Her work revolves around themes of onirism, magic and surrealism. For years, Krysiak has built her artistic imagination and metaphorical language around the figure of a travelling circus full of human and animal oddities – dwarves, giants, clowns, acrobats and wild, exotic creatures. She sees them as Foucauldian heterotopias, ‘other’ places that operate according to their own rules. The vibrant colours and dynamism of the circus become a metaphor for her struggles with the subconscious and the unconscious.


curator: Michalina Sablik

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