Paulina Kalwarska b.1995 is a contemporary artist. After her graduation in 2017 from Leeds Beckett University with a first class degree in Fine Art, she has come back to live and work in Leamington Spa – her hometown since moving there from Poland at the age of thirteen.
She considers herself working primarily in collage which takes on a variety of forms; from colored paper cut-outs and video work to sculpture and installation, the latter taking center stage in her practice. In each case she employs the same approach of bringing together different elements and assembling them with the aim to create a visual harmony, a sense of oneness, a whole.
Working in an intuitive manner, Paulina’s installation work always acts as a response to the space that it occupies, making the work transient in its nature. Although she may repeatedly use the same objects in different assemblages, the essence of each object becomes easily transformed through the change in context.
During the process of creating her installations, the artist carefully selects each element, focusing on the way its visual qualities (size, colour, shape texture) interact with that of the other elements – an approach similar to the way a musician composes a piece of music.
Paulina is interested in the way material and form trigger psychological and emotional reactions in her audience, which is why her work takes on a more abstract form. The absence of the figurative gives the viewer the opportunity to immerse themselves in the experience of the pure materiality, rather than the derivative meaning. It provides an easier access to the indirect familiarity of the ambiguous.
Liz paints with a fashion designer’s eye. Her individual colour choices reflect the excitement of a lifetime working with Italian and French couture fabrics and leathers. She has transferred her passion and skills to create vibrant textured paintings which are an extension to her life’s work.