Aleksandra Liput

author biographical note degree piece


The work I have presented resulted from my studies and working out the concept of neverland; from exploration of the processes of remembering, restoring the child’s perspective, a kind of escapism, a return to the world of ideas, fantasies and fears. Using objects associated with a childhood arcadia, like dolls, tacky Christmas tree balls, and signs and symbols derived from popular culture, I refer to often brutal nature of fairy tales and through them I address important issues of passing and coming of age. My objects also have  drawn from children’s stylistics – their structure resembles that of plush toys. Works that at first seem aestheticised, after a careful analysis turn out to be weird, repulsive, and terrifying. This has resulted from translation of literary strategies derived from fairy tales, where seemingly banal and uncomplicated stories unfolding in unspecified time and place reveal drastic subtexts which create an atmosphere of anxiety or fear. My work illustrates and embraces childhood fears, showing their uniqueness and singularity.

(born 1989)
Studies: Faculty of Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (2014–2017) and Kraków (2012–2014); Department of History and Cultural Heritage of the Pontifical University of John Paul II in Kraków (2009–2014). She works in painting and experimental textiles. Solo exhibitions: Sand at heart, Bardzo Biała Gallery, Warsaw (2016); Painting and objects, Museum of the Pałuki Land in Żnin (2017). Group exhibitions, including: Plastic vanitas, MD_S Gallery, Wroclaw; Krew-werk, Foksal Gallery Foundation, Warsaw; NO BUDGET SHOW, Stefan Gierowski Foundation, Warsaw in 2016. Shortlisted in 2016 New Painting / New Look competition.