Dorota Jurczak - ‘Vizir’ & ‘Strukturalna silueta’ (top, both 2011), ‘Ptak Kapelusz’ (left, 2007) & ‘Untitled’ (2006)
Born in Warsaw, currently living and working in Brussels.
Jurczak’s etchings, often with an aged patina, belie their contemporary origins. Her style recalls artists as diverse as James Ensor and Francisco Goya, yet the narratives are predominantly indebted to Eastern European iconography and its rich tradition of Post-War illustration. In her menacing imaginary world, the cast of characters is comprised of anthropomorphized birds and spiders, along with bizarre human figures. Placed in both traumatic and humorous scenarios, the figures reveal the nuances of life’s pleasures and pains.