Art and painting have been in my life ever since I can remember; I studied and taught art and esthetics at SUNY, Stony Brook, Parsons School of Design, Columbia University, and PS 58 in Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens. Life, work, and caring for the family got in the way of painting. Sketches and doodles stayed in my notebooks, only to see the light of day this year.
When I was growing up in Poland, where I spent my first 16 years, my Mom - known Polish poet Julia Hartwig, although I didn't know it at the time - would offer me reproductions of Old Masters' paintings to enjoy and to study, and sent me to painting classes. There were some awards at the Palace of Culture, and art exhibits to attend. The apartment in Warsaw was filled with 60s era abstract paintings. Mom and Dad, poet and writer Artur Międzyrzecki, with the help of our housekeeper, Miss Anielcia, hosted authors, poets, artists and art historians. Conversations often centered around art movements, and our home library was well stocked with art books. Smoke-filled rooms resounded with debates about relative merits of classicism versus romanticism, conducted late into the night.
As as teenager, I was fortunate to visit art studios of Tadeusz Brzozowski and Władysław Hasior, with my parents, while on holiday in Tatra Mountains' Zakopane. The visits made a huge impression on me, and created an image in my mind of how I wanted to work when grown up.
Once in the US, I graduated with High Honors in Art/Art History and Philosophy from SUNY, Stony Brook, on Long Island, and earned Masters of Arts and Masters of Philosophy degrees from Columbia University. While in college I took a semester-long, self-guided art-history tour through museums of Western Europe. Upon return, I was drawn to New York City, exhibiting in the early years of Soho with a Stony Brook women's group "The 9." I presented mostly conceptual work, and continued to visit galleries and museums, MOMA most frequently. As a life-long student of art, I continue to visit every time I have the good fortune to be in Manhattan.
I had taught and taken color theory and interior design classes at Parsons School of Design. My interest in Abstract Expressionism, and Jackson Pollock especially, was rekindled while I was teaching at in PS 58 in Brooklyn. The works I had the students create were sold at auctions to benefit the school.
In Warsaw now, I am collecting myself from the blows of losing my mother and separation from my husband and my beloved Pennsylvania Pocono Mountain gamelands. I am embarking on a new path, inspired by Abstract Expressionism. My roots are pragmatic. My study of interior design, friendships with other artists, and requests by friends, as well as need to create my new home-and-painting-studio environment in Warsaw, had inspired me to create my concept of custom paintings for home and office.
I consider my paintings to be jewelry, or decoration, for the walls of my house. While the form is abstract, colors are chosen to complement each room, and the size selected is based upon visual need, or deficit. When creating a work for you, I would like to interview you about the kind of environment you like to return home to, or what kind of office space you envision. I would like to take stock of patterns, shapes, and colors already in place, and measure sizes of available walls. Based on this input, I will create a painting to make the space happier and better to live in - jewelry for your walls.
HOW I WORK
I use a stretched cotton or linen canvas. It is placed flat on the floor. I choose and mix my paints, and move delibrately around the perimeter, splashing and spraying paint onto the canvas to get the image I have in mind. Jackson Pollock gets credit here, inspired by the Navajos’ stance while creating sand paintings. Like the Navajo, I like to think of the canvas as “the place where Gods come and go.”
I can create as large of a painting, or as many related paintings, as space on the floor and transportation will allow (120x180 cm fits in my Warsaw elevator). Andy Warhol is my muse here. I would love to make my paintings in a kind of a painting factory. Andy would have had a good laugh hearing he's my muse.
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Art and painting have been in my life ever since I can remember, through studying and teaching art and esthetics at SUNY, Stony Brook, Parsons School of Design, Columbia University, and PS 58 in Brooklyn's Carroll Gardens. Life, work, and caring for the family got in the way of painting. Sketches and doodles stayed in my notebooks, only to see the light of day this year. ..