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- Author Jadwiga Sawicka
- Date of production 2005
- Dimensions height: 50 cm, width: 40 cm
- Author's designation artist’s signature on the back of the painting
- ID no. BS/906
- Availability in stock
- Acquired date 2005
- Object copyright Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art
- Digital images copyright © all rights reserved, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Virtual Małopolska project
In Jadwiga Sawicka’s works, individual objects and phenomena appear belonging to everyday life, as well as words and phrases taken out of context, from newspapers, commercials or electronic media. Items of clothing, such as a shirt, trousers, skirt, gloves, and a jacket assume the painted form of a simplified, monochromatic image of clothing, having no particular features; they become more concrete while being photographed. In a series of photos from 1997, presenting casual clothing separately, they are captured on a uniform background of plastic foil and artificial leather: a leather coat, a colourful dress, a suit, trousers, a bathing suit.more
In Jadwiga Sawicka’s works, individual objects and phenomena appear belonging to everyday life, as well as words and phrases taken out of context, from newspapers, commercials or electronic media. Items of clothing, such as a shirt, trousers, skirt, gloves, and a jacket assume the painted form of a simplified, monochromatic image of clothing, having no particular features; they become more concrete while being photographed. In a series of photos from 1997, presenting casual clothing separately, they are captured on a uniform background of plastic foil and artificial leather: a leather coat, a colourful dress, a suit, trousers, a bathing suit. Selected pieces of clothing also take the three-dimensional form of plasticine sculptures. “These clothes – their paintings, photos, plasticine models and the pictures of them – are repeated many times. They do not seem to gradually become increasingly tame, however. They do not gain much support, either in day-to-day or artistic reality. Initially, it seems that Jadwiga’s attempts – presenting the same objects in yet new ways – are existential by nature; that they serve to recognize the manner of the presence of these objects and her relation to them. Gradually, I am more and more often convinced that multiplying message layers has become more important. Overlaying one layer on another and thereby distancing from the original, from authentic existence, from the possibility of real communion with them”. The motif of overlaid message layers also appears in the portrait of Batman. It constitutes a part of a wider series of painting performances from 1997–2003, reproducing objects used for face covering and decorating. Alongside the more ordinary and enigmatic gorilla masks, Goryl [Gorilla], (1999), Clown, (2001), and a bear, Niedźwiedź [Bear], (1999), there are faces with an independent, pop-culture narration by: Donald Duck Kaczor [Duck], (2001), Darth Vader Vader, (2001), C3P0 robot Gwiezdne Wojny [Star Wars], (2003), or simply Batman Batman, (2003). The motif of shading and distancing from the original, which is present in them, is multiplied by the selection of images used, characterized by a specific context and imparting a new identity.
Elaborated by Anna Lebensztejn (Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art),
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Jadwiga Sawicka (1959) is a visual artist and curator; she creates paintings, photographs, and text installations, and also carries out activities in the public space. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (1984). Her works have been presented at numerous individual exhibitions, including, inter alia: Nic w środku! [Nothing inside!], (Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kraków, 2003), Daj wszystko [Give everything], (Arsenał Gallery, Białystok, 2006), Siła fatalna [Fatal power], (CCA Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw, 2006), Pestsäule, (KÖR Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, Vienna, 2011), BYT and STYL, (Biała Gallery, Lublin, 2011), Fragmenty opowiadania [Excerpts from a story], (BWA Warsaw, 2014). She has also participated in many group exhibitions, including, inter alia: Architectures of Gender, (Sculpture Centre, New York, 2003), Ciepło/zimo — Letnia miłość [Warm/cold — Summer love], (Zachęta — National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, 2006), Oczy szukają głowy do zamieszkania [Eyes are looking for a head to live in], (Muzeum Sztuki in Łódź, 2011), Co widać. Polska sztuka dzisiaj [As you can see. Polish art today], (Museum of Modern Art, Warsaw, 2014), Gender in art, (Museum of Contemporary Art MOCAK, Kraków, 2015), Bogactwo [Wealth], (Zachęta—National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, 2016). She cooperates with the BWA Gallery in Warsaw; she lives and works in Przemyśl.
 Agata Jakubowska, Bez tytułu, [w:] Jadwiga Sawicka. Nic w środku!, katalog wystawy, red. B. Gajewska, Kraków 2003, p. 53.