A Production in Surveillance
‘I decontextualize. Then, I reconstruct.’
Paulina Marciniak’s artistic process involves combining photography with painting. The theme of displacement is examined in the context of identity as she combines the figurative with the abstract. Her work doesn’t begin with a preconceived notion of a finished product; rather, it emerges from deconstruction and reconstruction of photographic scenarios.
Her work centres on interactions and relations, being it an individual the central focus or a group of people that is untold. The visual stories are taken out of their original context and translated into paint. They lose their primal value becoming objects which she intends to manipulate. The deliberate dislocation of images from one geographical context to another creates a distortion in the image of identity. It gives spatial re-orientation.
Paulina creates compositional works exploring chance and unravelling layers. The process takes us into a fictional space outside of time; the challenge is to see beyond the form. Exploring the language of paint, she uses it as a metaphor for the interplay between the process, the experience and emotions created.
How would you preserve your sense of self and connection to the world if understanding language became unreliable, your speech disappeared, or your capacity to read and write shrank? Our faces, eyes and hands are not just body part but also means of social connection and expression. An extension of self.