Jan Cieślak

author biographical note degree piece

I can see a value in feeling distant in relation to depressing situations, and at the same time analysing, submerging in them. I wanted to address a simple issue in order to analyse it more accurately and use it as an example to extrapolate on universal issues. I wanted to make clear that the goal was not to describe my personal matters, that they were just a medium. I have attempted to adjust the form, which on the one hand would indicate freedom and distance, but on the other would address ambiguous, unspeakable emotions, sensitivity to the situation in the best possible way, so that the audience would feel a kind of pleasure of a least partial relief from the difficult.

(born 1990)
Studies at the Faculty of Mathematics and Information Science of the Warsaw University of Technology (2009–2011) and the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (2011–2016). Scholarships: Rector’s scholarship for the best students of the Academy in the years 2014/15 and 2015/16, Erasmus+ (2014/15). Works in painting and printmaking. Solo painting exhibitions: Atrium Gallery, University of Newcastle (United Kingdom, 2014); Fibak Gallery, Warsaw (2016).