← Mazuś Joanna

← Return

Biography of the artist

She was born in 1994 in Warsaw, Poland. In 2018, she graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (Faculty of Painting). She got MFA degree with honours for the final master’s project created in studios of Prof. Andrzej Rysiński (painting) and Prof. Krzysztof Jabłonowski (second specialisation – photography). In the academic year of 2016/2017, she was an exchange student at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. Since 2016, she creates polychromes of entire sacral interiors in collaboration with Krzysztof Sokolovski. She works primarily in easel and monumental painting, photography, art objects. At the same time, she thinks that the crucial component of conscious work is thought. Therefore, she does not restrict herself only to artistic pursuits but she also writes essays organising her philosophical-artistic reflections.

Solo exhibitions 2

■ Golden Gate, Autonomia Foundation Gallery, Warsaw, Poland, 2017
■ Photographing Jerusalem. Learning to See, Photography Department Gallery, Mount Scopus, Jerusalem, 2017

Group exhibitions 10

■ Psalms, Warsaw Archdiocese Museum, Warsaw, Poland, 2020
■ Time of life – time of death, Warsaw Archdiocese Museum, Warsaw, Poland, February 2019
■ Time of life – time of death, Icon Museum in Suprasl, Poland, 2019
■ Psalms, Galician Town, Nowy Sącz, Poland, 2019
■ Imagined communities, Faculty of “Artes Liberales”, Warsaw University, Warsaw, Poland, 2019
■ Converted Body, University of Warsaw Gallery, New BUW, Warsaw, Poland, 2018
■ Presentation of the diploma “Metaphysical Abstraction” at the exhibition “Diplomas 2018 – Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw”, DAP Gallery, House of the Artist, Warsaw, Poland, 2018
■ Converted Body, Muzeum Narodowe im. Andrzeja Szeptyckiego, Lviv, Ukraine, 2017
■ The Apocalypse, University of Warsaw Gallery, Kazimierz Palace, Warsaw, Poland, 2017
■ Exhibition of the Experimental Textile Studio, Bardzo Biała Gallery, Warsaw, Poland, 2017

Projects 2

■ Interior and furnishings of the neo-sacral chapel in the Salesian Sisters’ Monastery in Jerusalem, Israel, November 2017
■ Polychrome of the Chapel of the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Podborz, Lithuania, 2016

Artists statement

My whole artistic practice is bonded by my conception of metaphysical abstraction. Metaphysical abstraction is a visual form which aids the spiritual growth of a contemporary human. Due to the absence of figurativeness, it is relevant artistic means to showing, in times of rational cognition, things which cannot be cognised purely by reason. It pursues universality by not using signs which are understandable only for an inner circle of viewers. It can – or even should – be perceived intuitively. Thus it does not divide representatives of disparate cultures – because of intuition, each of them can encounter equally deep experience caused by contact with the same artwork.
For creating polychrome reliefs, I use traditional techniques and precious art supplies. I choose lime panels and carve in them manually. Then I prepare them for painting: coat with rabbit-skin glue, plaster with a textile, apply many thin layers of self-made glue gesso (for centuries used in panel painting) and later sand its surface. Finally, I cover some parts by the use of gold leaf, paints (creamed by myself; usually egg tempera – precise, centuries-old technique with matt finish, allowing applying many layers one on another, which enables to create a visual effect of airiness and special sonority of colour) or e.g. ink.

Ask about the artist

We recommend asking questions about the work of artists and their artworks. We answer as soon as possible by e-mail or phone. We guarantee the confidentiality of your contact information, we will not pass it on to any other parties and we will use it in accordance with RODO and our internal privacy policy only for the purpose of contacting you. See privacy policy →