Residency in Somos

DOCUMENTATION OF EXHIBITION AFTER RESIDENCY IN GALLERY SOMOS IN BERLIN

AFTERIMAGE

I create images, which balance between figuration and abstraction. I explore layers of visual representation, searching for language that would express the transcendent ideas of spirituality. My works comment on my experience of something unreal and inexplicable. I try to find a way to talk about the invisible part of our lives. I am fascinated with delusions, hallucinations but also with revelation. I want to understand why some people believe in supernatural things and how they experience these events inside of them.

During this exhibition I would like to focus on term of Afterimage. It is a visual impression lasting after the exposure to the original image ceased. Currently I am working with light and shadows, combining painting and new media. Exhibition in Somos gallery allows me to profoundly analyse the subject I am interested in and create an omnipresent environment, which a viewer would experience unconditionally and exclusively. I would like to create a space where the viewer could go inside and take part in the spectacle of appearing and moving shadows. Ernst Jentsch, who first explored psychologically the term ‘uncanny’, has defined it, inter alia, as a “doubts whether an apparently animate being is really alive; or conversely, whether a lifeless object might not be in fact animate”. That is why I decided to work with shadows, which are in the middle of animated and inanimate. Silhouettes, which I am using, are based on figures from classical paintings. Sigmund Freud in text Uncanny tried to define this feeling and situations when it appears. He wrote, “The uncanny is that class of the frightening which leads back to what is known of old and long familiar”.

By installation “Afterimage” I wanted to create an opportunity to experience feelings about which we don’t think in our daily life.

http://www.somos-arts.org/agnieszka-rowinska/

Skills: Painting