About this piece:
This artists’ book is made with use of collograph and letterpress printing. All the matrices are made only from objects found on the streets: flower petals, leaves, tree bark, paper bag, ground, paper packaging, plants, plastic wrap, gum, fireworks packet, chocolate silver, string, medicine package, tape, champagne silver, balloon, boat rope, juice box, lid from a plastic cup, cigarettes, tobacco, grass, tourist leaflets, map, candy papers, ribbon, interior of pillows, pine cones, moss, feathers, bills, paper. The shapes of the matrices and book covers are based on actual paving stones.
The aim of this book was to talk about the city by using fragments found in it. Fragments which are deprived of status – they are not even noticed but still they co-create the public space of the city. I collected such traces. This assemblage of ideas is a reflection everyday life poetics. Just as a trace can be a footprint on the snow, printmaking can become an imprint of the city’s shape and rhythm.
I am intrigued by a specific dichotomy of the city – it is a place that interwine private and public, individual and group, close and distant, orderly and chaotic, momentary and eternal. On the one hand, we recognize and shape the city, and on the other hand, it also affects us, regardless of whether we are its inhabitants or tourists.
I created this book during 1 month artistic residency in Dresden, Germany. I was collecting City Traces on Altstadt, Blasewitz and Loschwitz. It reflects the texture, color and complexity of the creation which is the city.
paper, ink, cardboard
About the artist:
Lives and works in Wrocław, Dolnośląskie, Poland
Born in 1990, in Warsaw, Poland, Maja obtained her bachelor degree at the Adam Mickiewicz University (culture studies), master of art degree in printmaking and graphic design at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, in the studio of Professor Anna Janusz Strzyż and Assistant Professor Mariusz Gorzelak. Now she is a PhD student in printmaking. In her artworks she’s analyzing the topics of memory and fragments in the context of the human condition. She’s working mostly in intaglio and relief techniques and she’s eager to experiment and combine them with artists’ book forms.