“I am interested in the spiritual aspect …” - the artist
In my art practice I am working with passions and feelings, focusing on elements that are emotionally important for people in their community. I am interested in the spiritual aspect of how we perceive ourselves and the world around us, and connections that we create, whether they be with places, things, or each other.
A significant part of my work centres around residents of the UAE, focusing on their existence, their perception of themselves and their ambitions. Part of my process before I begin painting is to connect with my subject on a personal level by meeting people and listening to their stories, visiting the place or reading about it. I do not merely want to capture the image with my brushes; rather I want to show the inner beauty of the people and places that I document.
This artwork is a part of a larger project recording state of mine in conjunction with time. Our perceptions of how fulfilled we are as individuals through the passage of time is deeply dependent on our internal mental dialogue, as well as the strength and intensity of the thought paths that we practice in our inner conversations every day.
This project is a visualisation of these dialogues and the record of how they are impacting our feeling of contentment from day to day. Passing Through revisits a period of 52 weeks, derived from intimate records of that time, and is showing progression through a mental breakdown initiated by a stressful and hostile environment, through the long, arduous and ultimately hopeful journey of recovery from it.
Kasia Dzikowska is a multi-disciplinary artist Based in Abu Dhabi, UAE. She holds a MA in Fine Arts Education & Multimedia Activity, from Technical University of Radom, Poland, 2007.
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