Welcome to 5 Questions. Each week, we’re sending five questions to an artist featured in Under the Radar, our weekly email highlighting the best art on the ArtSlant network. This week we seek answers from Jakub Pasierkiewicz.
What are you trying to communicate with your work?
In my practice—be it photography, painting, or drawing—I try to recreate an idea which appears through thorough observation of the surrounding world.
In other words, if we agree that vision is something abstract, something that is invisible and represents an individual need to self-express, then art becomes a tool enabling us to capture our ideas. Through art I try to translate my experience into the image.
I can only add that in my work/practice the whole process of creation is more often intuitive and spontaneous rather than planned and posed. It is an encounter with the unknown but somehow familiar.
What is an artist’s responsibility?
In my opinion everyone, both an artist and an ordinary individual, is responsible for their own practice and expression. Since you cannot apply the same rules for everybody, I will speak only for myself.
When creating anything, one should follow a rule of full honesty with oneself. It is important to be truthful, and not to follow any trends or styles, by try to—at any price—retain originality. Any fake and mimicked actions will be revealed—it is only a matter of time.
Of course these matters can be reconsidered in many contexts. The fact that an artist deals with critique—an assessment of reality considering historical or political events, or simply analyzing reality and its phenomena—it is another story. In both cases one has to retain his honesty so the work created can be received as authentic.
Show us the greatest thing you ever made (art or not)?
Before I explain the idea behind the work, I would like to express why this photograph is so important for me. It was the first picture which changed my perception and enabled me to progress from figurative art to abstraction.
This picture is a part of a bigger project, Shreds of Memory, which I started years ago, and it is still a work in progress. The main focus of this series is the symbiosis of a figurative image of a human with some elements of an arbitrary action, which is caused by natural factors such as time. These are often a result of coincidence, which creates in the end an abstract image.
These compositions of layers, which were created with reminiscences of past events, represent a collection of coded information about a variety of aspects of our life and unravel the passage of time.
Tell us about a work you want to make but never will.
I have always been trying to transfer my ideas into real forms so at the moment I cannot think of any projects which are impossible to create. If there is something I would never do, I would rather keep that idea to myself ;)
Who are three artists we should know but probably don’t?
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