Artist statement

My artistic work is a commentary on the world I live in. I illustrate my emotions and sensitivity in such a way. It results from a need to address the reality I often disagree with; perhaps, it is a form of rebellion. We live in the world of contrasts, dualisms, where the body is censored, while violence and suffering are often glorified. Something close and natural to us is practically immoral. This is the contrast I do not accept, and I do not cease to wonder that the body I show in my projects constitutes such a taboo to many viewers.

The common denominator of my projects is woman. I seek to explore her nature in my own manner, while simultaneously addressing her role and image in the modern world. An important aspect of my work is the relationship between a man and a woman and their symbiosis. Naturally, I do not limit myself to the topic of woman in my work – I would rather say I concentrate on the human being, his/her emotions, place in the world, or relationship with nature.

The female body is distinguished by its immense emotionality and sensuality, and for that reason I depict women in the nude in my projects. I strip them of any and all time and place designators, unless their presence results from the assumptions of a given project. This is my means of presenting the beauty of the female form – to me, the symbol of nature, its idealisation. I perceive the female body as a landscape and seek to depict both the body and the woman in an unobvious way. If the women in my projects remained clothed, they would be defined in a certain manner; therefore, one can say, I depict the timeless woman. When I take nude photographs of women, I capture their emotionality and sensitivity, even if I do not show their nakedness directly. A quote from Nobuyoshi Araki comes in handy here: “For a woman, undressing is connected with strong emotions. When she is naked, everything she feels is showing in her face. I tell her to undress to take her portrait, I don’t have to show her body”.

I like ambiguity in my works; I do not want them to be obvious. Creating my projects, I seek to engage the viewer in reading my message. It is a certain game of looking for interpretations, finding myself there, and confronting my perception with the viewer’s. I am intrigued when I come across varied interpretations of my projects, sometimes truly surprising and very different from my own.

Aesthetics is secondary to me – I adjust it to the content. I attach more importance to the function and message of my works. I do not want to limit myself to a certain style; I keep searching. I try different convention and mix various media. I do not focus solely on photography – it is one of my forms of expression.