Painting Prize Finalist 2015
INSOMNIA by Emilia Gasienica-Setlak
About the artwork
Opening work from the cycle "Lux In Tenebris", concentrated on problems of light, colour and structure from painting technique side and problems of respect for human body from intellectual side.
About the artist
Born 1986 in Zakopane. Polish paintress & graphic artist. In the year 2011 she graduated from Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow in the Painting Studios of Professor Teresa Kotkowska-Rzepecka and Professor Leszek Misiak. She has also a university degree in graphic art in the Woodcut Studio of Professor Bogdan Miga. The most important issues of her artistic interests are dynamic colour, brief composition and their synthetic relations to the surroundings. Her works have been used as a cover motives of books: "Evil Spirit" ("Scriptum" Publishing House, 2005) by the Bulgarian absurdist fiction writer Svetoslav Minkov, "Aquatic names of the Vistula basin" (Polish Academy of Science, 2013) by Doctor Urszula Bijak and appeared on the cover of the prestigious "Women In Art 278 Magazine", 2014. Her paintings participated also in the filming of Spanish-American movie "Embers", directed by Claire Carre, 2014. An author of fourteen solo exhibitions and participant of several dozen group exhibitions. Her works are located in Polish and Hungarian museums and private collections in Poland, France, Spain, Italy and Great Britain. ABOUT ME "There is something that intrigues me in painting much more than all the other. Something that can cause a huge stir and rapid heartbeat. It is the color. Color that can dominate the whole painting … may even dominate all the other works in the museum hall. Gauguin said it best when he wrote: "color, which is vibration just as music is, is able to attain what is most universal yet at the same time most elusive in nature: its inner force". EXHIBITIONS (SELECTION) 2015 "Painting", CASTLE Gallery, Sucha Beskidzka 2014 "Museo de la imaginación", ARTAGORA Gallery, Sevilla "April International Art Show", KAZI30 Gallery, Budapest "3rd International Mail Art Exhibition", MALOM Gallery, Nyíracsád "Woo", 33 GALLERY, Ostrow Wielkopolski "S-Expression", Culture Magazine Foundation, Krakow 5th International Painting Competition, LESSEDRA Gallery, Sofia 2013 "Master and Disciples", CENTRUM Gallery, Krakow "Hunger of the Colors", ENIGMA Gallery, Przemysl "The Next Thing", DWOR KARWACJANOW Gallery, Gorlice 2012 "I will do it my way", CSW SOLVAY, Krakow "Interim Form", LAMELLI Gallery, Krakow WPA4 Art Festival, Duszniki-Zdroj "Wayfaring", PANORAMA Gallery, Tomaszowice "Artifacts", AGH Professor Club, Krakow "City of Stars" Art Festival, Zyrardow 2011 "Abstract", ZADRA Gallery, Warsaw "Art of Women", CZAJKA Gallery, Warsaw 2010 "Painting/Graphics", STRUG Gallery, Zakopane "AFRICA art/etnography", Museum of Etnography, Krakow 2005 "Painting", POD ANIOŁEM Gallery, Rabka-Zdroj 2004 "Contemporary Art Medals", WINDOW Gallery, West Dean 2003 "Portrait of a Woman", ARTPARK Gallery, Zakopane OPINIONS Dr Rafał Borcz "An important element is the artistic consciousness of her way and the place where she is located. We feel the hunger of the colors shown as an attempt to cast them as the most intense in the pictures, see through them that the world is "variable, dynamic, surprising and therefore beautiful"... it is the rebellion against pseudo-objective delusion of local color. Emilia Gasienica-Setlak aware of the fact that "color can dominate the whole picture, can dominate all the other works in the museum hall" – it is disappearing knowledge today." Dr Ewa Herniczek "The color sensitivity and the ability to build summaries based on chromatic harmonies is perhaps one of the most important assets of Emilia Gasienica. The second is a constant tendency to go beyond the form once established and closed, continuous experiment in which formal decisions are born spontaneously and determine initially unpredictable directions, toward which draws attention of still searching Author. The final choice seems to be quite justified, even if the arguments are not disclosed and will remain forever in the realm of the most subjective content." Katarzyna Kowalska, MA "The "Woo" cycle, which glorifies the colors, reflections and adopting them matter, without losing on narrative and lyricism, is the culmination of the artist's previous activities. The penetrating them female figure is only an excuse for artistic exploration made by Emilia and attempt to continue the story initiated by the masters of painting, such as Kandinsky, Matisse, Klimt or even Chagall. What is more, the work of the Artist does not lose its freshness and consistency in spite of salon convention."