London based Polish photographer, Ania Wawrzkowicz is a visual poet and philosopher in my eyes. Questioning the permanence of objects, the artist gives life to inanimate entities through her work.
“There is a level of absurdity in my work, sort of an exercise in pointlessness. I like looking at my work as a series of small experiments, modifications, explorations, and transformations. My work is never complete; it is a part of an on-going process that celebrates the acts of questioning, learning and discovery.”
Modernist, minimalist and somewhat systematic Wawrzkowicz creates curious conceptual compositions, abundant in light and texture. Growing up as the daughter and grandchild of architects provided the photographer with ongoing inspiration from a very young age. She’s also inspired by 1970s art aesthetics, which could explain the continuous use of bright contrast of colours in her work.
“Works of art can inspire one to contemplate and question; offering more possibilities than certitude, wonderment rather than established arguments. What interests me is to explore rather than provide answers. My working method is a sort of endless, irresolvable search for a meaning of things.”
To me Wawrzkowicz’s work reads like poetry because there is a certain discernable harmony in the way she creates her compositions. Different geometric shapes, textures and colours are brought together in a sort of visual dance. In every portion of the image you find something to discover, even in emptiness. For this reason, the inanimate objects she uses appear to come alive; as viewers we are able to find movement in her still life.
“I’m interested in taking an object as a starting point, and putting the individual components through a process of transformation. Changing an object’s established definition and function. This act draws attention to both the object and my gesture. The work emphasizes physicality and substance, trying to make sense of matter through process.”
Wawrzkowicz is also a commercial photographer. Her clients include a series of magazines such as Elle Decoration, House and Garden, Homes and Garden, Guardian, Telegraph Saturday Magazine, among others.
Words / Ana Gomides