My work interrogates the phenomenon of existence. I attempt to archive a realisation of being - of being present, within space, time, and language. Forming a registry of the everyday, I do not work in an artist’s studio but in various private and public spaces where life goes on.
Drawing is the basis of all my practice, extending towards performance, interactive situations, installation, sound and moving image; I refer to it as cross-disciplinary drawing. I draw my environment as I see it, in real time - tracing and re-tracing the visible. My aim is to record continuous time, the present moment and my mind’s realization of now, attempting to translate my living energy into the drawn line.
The line is shaped into outlines of real things that my eye registers by its every glance. Accumulated outlines of objects and shapes that were recorded by my countless singular glances, and at the same time archived by my moving hand, build up a substantive layering. I don’t emphasize any elements or structure, nor do I pre-design compositions, I believe that the different shapes within observed reality carry equal importance.
Using line as a vehicle for presence in time and space I create performative drawings; works which are intrinsically linked to notions of human existence, of personal space, familiar (safe) spaces, and unfamiliar (strange) space. I am interested in mind realization of presence in social context, in circumstances where one’s personal space is shared with someone, with the other. With performative drawing, the process is not only a catalyst for the creation of an image, it is a vital part of the work and a resulting image becomes the byproduct of the situation. The process is exposed, presented to the viewer. The viewer is the participant in the social situation, documented through drawing; the viewer becomes part of the drawing.
Artist Bio / CV
Gosia Wlodarczak was born in Poland (1959) and graduated Master of Fine Arts with Distinction from Poznan Academy of Fine Arts, Poland (1984). She arrived in Australia 1996.
Solo exhibitions: A Room Without A View RMIT University Gallery, Melbourne (2013), Between Wander & Settlement Western Washington University Gallery, Bellingham (2012) and Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne (2013), Wall Drawing Shepparton Art Museum (2012), Between Visit & Migration Fehily Contemporary, Melbourne (2011), Frost Drawing for the Library La Trobe University Museum of Art (2011), Shared Space New York, Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn (2008), Cinderella II – The Dreamer, SASA Gallery University of South Australia (2008), Space Active at Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (2005)
Group exhibitions: Contemporary Australia: Women Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art (2012), Singapore Biennale Open House (2011), Pathway: Drawing In, On and Through the Landscape The Drawing Center/Big Screen Plaza, New York (2011), The Dobell Drawing Prize Art Gallery of New South Wales (2010), Freehend: recent Australian drawing Heide Museum of Modern Art (2010), I walk the line the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (2009), the 5th Drawing Biennale at the Drill Hall Gallery, Australian National University (2004).
2013 Gosia will participate in the 5th Moscow Biennale with a large scale drawing installation on glass Frost Drawing for the Manege
Her work is represented in collections including: National Gallery of Australia; Queensland Art Gallery/Gallery of Modern Art; Art Gallery of South Australia; Jewish Museum of Australia; Artbank; Edith Cowan University; Murdoch University; Poznan Academy of Fine Arts, Poland, Western Washington University.
Selected bibliography: Vitamin D2: New Perspectives on Drawing Phaidon (2013); Janet McKenzie Contemporary Australian Drawing #1 Macmillan Art Puglishing (2012); Hyperdrawing Longborough University (2012); Dr David Bromfield NOW (Gosia Wlodarczak drawing 1986-2004) monograph, Brown Art (2004).