Anna Okrasko

BORN 1981, Warszawa

Anna Okrasko’s graduation project, My Professor Paints in Stripes and I Paint in Dots, conducted in 2004 in Prof Leon Tarasewicz’s painting studio at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts in 2004, is an emphatic statement. Okrasko is interested in feminist issues; she approaches them in a fresh and ironic manner. She is equally mischievous in tackling the theme of the medium of the canvas, especially its embroilment in freemarket mechanisms. In 2005, Okrasko served a postgraduate internship at the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts' Interdepartmental Intermedia Studio. She currently studies at the Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy, Rotterdam University (since September 2009). She lives in Rotterdam.

untitled (The Protagonists of Her Paintings...)
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Anna Okrasko

untitled (The Protagonists of Her Paintings...)

2003 / spray paint, glitter, lipstick, ink, paper / 50 x 70 cm / no. 0081 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 1/ 3 Wróć
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The pieces from the My Drawings Are a Kind of Diary series are an aftermath of Anna Okrasko’s exhibition Women Painters – Wives for Men Painters, which was presented in 2003 in the lobby of her alma mater. On pink-painted walls appeared stencilled slogans, such as “Women artists don’t have nice, neat hands” or “Female painting students are dirty.” Okrasko ironically comments on female themes in art, as well as on intimacy as an inspiration for important late 20th-century women artists such as Tracey Emin or Sophie Calle.

untitled (If We Assume That...), from the cycle My Drawings are Like My Diary
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Anna Okrasko

untitled (If We Assume That...), from the cycle My Drawings are Like My Diary

2003 / paint, ink, paper / 50 x 70 cm / no. 0082 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 2/ 3 Wróć
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The piece deals with the theme of non-gendered art. Hard to read at first, the text is clear and simple, though not without irony. “Discrimination against women will surely remain an issue in Poland for a long, long time. Because this is what our society looks like. And women artists (as well as men) will keep discussing it. On the other hand, there are also many women artists who have been extremely successful, such as Monika Sosnowska,” Okrasko comments in one interview.

My Professor Paints Stripes and I Paint Dots Because It's More Girly
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Anna Okrasko

My Professor Paints Stripes and I Paint Dots Because It's More Girly

2003 / acrylic, canvas / 230 x 570 cm / no. 0083 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 3/ 3 Wróć
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The work, from the artist’s graduation project, comments ironically and humorously on the theme of how women function in the art world. Okrasko also deals, in a humorous manner, with the master - student relationship. Meanwhile, history has repeated itself: in 2008, Leon Tarasewicz, the artist’s academy professor, exhibited paintings that featured a regular dotted pattern, inspired by the costumes of Andalusian flamenco dancers.

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