„Flora” is a large format decorative textile piece made in jacquard technique. The composition woven from polyester thread depicts a distorted female silhouette surrounded by various plant species – the title’s flora. Arms, legs, stems and flowers recall finger drawings in the sand. In Brzeżańska’s work they become liquid-like, as if seen through stirred water. Superimposed images of the naked body, the flora and the river create an illusion of the third dimension in which it’s not clear what’s on the surface and what’s on the bottom. The three colours, out of the usual context of such a scene, add a psychedelic vibe.
Secret powers of the elements, concealed knowledge and vital energy are the subjects often explored by Agnieszka Brzeżańska. Together with Ewa Ciepielewska and Razem Pamoja Foundation she runs a long-term project “Flow / Przepływ” in which a group of people participates in a flow down Vistula or another river, spending a couple of days together on the river. “Flora” is a part of a diptych presented for the first time in a group exhibition “Goddesses” – along with Jan Dobkowski’s and Zuza Krajewska’s works – in BWA Warszawa gallery during Warsaw Gallery Weekend 2018. That same year Agnieszka Brzeżańska was awarded The ING Polish Art Foundation Prize.
Since the beginning of her career, Agnieszka Brzeżańska has been creating paintings, photographs, collages, video works, installations, and ephemeral actions. During her studies at the University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokio she also started working with traditional craft techniques, especially ceramics. Since then she has created multiple series of vases, candleholders, dishes, flowerpots and other objects, playing with the material and experimenting with Japanese glazing techniques. The work from out collection was inspired by the form of Lusatian vases of the Bronze Age and it’s a part of the cycle "Family Land”. Bare breasts decorating the vase are an expression of the artists’ interest in the subjects of feminine powers, archetypes, vital energy and fertility. When exhibited in the galleries, Brzeżańska’s ceramic pieces usually fulfill their primary function – they are filled with flowers or candles.