Jadwiga Sawicka

BORN 1959, Przemyśl

In Sawicka’s art, “less” definitely means “more.” Her style, based on simple lettering, is instantly recognisable. Since the 1990s, the artist has been studying the relationship between text and image, creating paintings representing short, militant slogans suspended in abstract space. She has also redone in this manner her earlier, expressionist works from the 1980s. Besides painting, Sawicka is the author of objects, installations, and, in association with Marek Horwat, photographs and text prints. She is the author of several series of paintings and photographs representing fragments of clothes and cosmetics accompanied by fictional quasi-advertising slogans. She graduated from the Cracow Academy of Fine Arts, with a degree in Prof. Jerzy Nowosielski’s studio in 1984.

Bottles and Flowers
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Jadwiga Sawicka

Bottles and Flowers

1998 / c-print / 80 x 60 cm / no. 0056 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 1/ 9 Wróć
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Jadwiga Sawicka’s photographs are an illustration of grappling with meaning, form, value, and beauty in art. The 1.5-litre bottles, filled with various liquids, have been stripped of their labels and marked instead with handwritten inscriptions such as “faith,” “hope” and “good.” The artist is troubled by the multiplicity and uncertainty of choices: it’s impossible to focus on one thing because another one is already looming round the corner. Viewing these photographs, we cannot cease to consider Sawicka as a painter. The series was created at a time when the artist had ultimately abandoned her earlier expressionistic style for intriguing images reduced to a pink background and thick black lettering.

Bottles and Flowers
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Jadwiga Sawicka

Bottles and Flowers

1998 / c-print / 80 x 60 cm / no. 0057 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 2/ 9 Wróć
Description

Jadwiga Sawicka’s photographs are an illustration of grappling with meaning, form, value, and beauty in art. The 1.5-litre bottles, filled with various liquids, have been stripped of their labels and marked instead with handwritten inscriptions such as “faith,” “hope” and “good.” The artist is troubled by the multiplicity and uncertainty of choices: it’s impossible to focus on one thing because another one is already looming round the corner. Viewing these photographs, we cannot cease to consider Sawicka as a painter. The series was created at a time when the artist had ultimately abandoned her earlier expressionistic style for intriguing images reduced to a pink background and thick black lettering.
 

Bottles and Flowers
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Jadwiga Sawicka

Bottles and Flowers

1998 / c-print / 60 x 80 cm / no. 0058 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 3/ 9 Wróć
Description

Jadwiga Sawicka’s photographs are an illustration of grappling with meaning, form, value, and beauty in art. The 1.5-litre bottles, filled with various liquids, have been stripped of their labels and marked instead with handwritten inscriptions such as “faith,” “hope” and “good.” The artist is troubled by the multiplicity and uncertainty of choices: it’s impossible to focus on one thing because another one is already looming round the corner. Viewing these photographs, we cannot cease to consider Sawicka as a painter. The series was created at a time when the artist had ultimately abandoned her earlier expressionistic style for intriguing images reduced to a pink background and thick black lettering.
 

Butelki i kwiaty
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Jadwiga Sawicka

Butelki i kwiaty

1998 / c-print / 60 x 80 cm / no. 0059 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 4/ 9 Wróć
Description

Jadwiga Sawicka’s photographs are an illustration of grappling with meaning, form, value, and beauty in art. The 1.5-litre bottles, filled with various liquids, have been stripped of their labels and marked instead with handwritten inscriptions such as “faith,” “hope” and “good.” The artist is troubled by the multiplicity and uncertainty of choices: it’s impossible to focus on one thing because another one is already looming round the corner. Viewing these photographs, we cannot cease to consider Sawicka as a painter. The series was created at a time when the artist had ultimately abandoned her earlier expressionistic style for intriguing images reduced to a pink background and thick black lettering.
 

Bottles and Flowers
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Jadwiga Sawicka

Bottles and Flowers

1998 / c-print / 80 x 60 cm / no. 0060 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 5/ 9 Wróć
Description

Jadwiga Sawicka’s photographs are an illustration of grappling with meaning, form, value, and beauty in art. The 1.5-litre bottles, filled with various liquids, have been stripped of their labels and marked instead with handwritten inscriptions such as “faith,” “hope” and “good.” The artist is troubled by the multiplicity and uncertainty of choices: it’s impossible to focus on one thing because another one is already looming round the corner. Viewing these photographs, we cannot cease to consider Sawicka as a painter. The series was created at a time when the artist had ultimately abandoned her earlier expressionistic style for intriguing images reduced to a pink background and thick black lettering.
 

Bottles and Flowers
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Jadwiga Sawicka

Bottles and Flowers

1998 / c-print / 80 x 60 cm / no. 0061 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 6/ 9 Wróć
Description

Jadwiga Sawicka’s photographs are an illustration of grappling with meaning, form, value, and beauty in art. The 1.5-litre bottles, filled with various liquids, have been stripped of their labels and marked instead with handwritten inscriptions such as “faith,” “hope” and “good.” The artist is troubled by the multiplicity and uncertainty of choices: it’s impossible to focus on one thing because another one is already looming round the corner. Viewing these photographs, we cannot cease to consider Sawicka as a painter. The series was created at a time when the artist had ultimately abandoned her earlier expressionistic style for intriguing images reduced to a pink background and thick black lettering.
 

Bottles and Flowers
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Jadwiga Sawicka

Bottles and Flowers

1998 / c-print / 80 x 60 cm / no. 0062 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 7/ 9 Wróć
Description

Jadwiga Sawicka’s photographs are an illustration of grappling with meaning, form, value, and beauty in art. The 1.5-litre bottles, filled with various liquids, have been stripped of their labels and marked instead with handwritten inscriptions such as “faith,” “hope” and “good.” The artist is troubled by the multiplicity and uncertainty of choices: it’s impossible to focus on one thing because another one is already looming round the corner. Viewing these photographs, we cannot cease to consider Sawicka as a painter. The series was created at a time when the artist had ultimately abandoned her earlier expressionistic style for intriguing images reduced to a pink background and thick black lettering.
 

Desire of Success
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Jadwiga Sawicka

Desire of Success

2006 / oil, acrylic, canvas / 50 x 70 cm / no. 0079 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 8/ 9 Wróć
Description

As is the case with almost all of Sawicka’s work, the text conjures up associations with glossy magazine headlines. The characteristic lettering has been, somewhat clumsily, placed against a pale pink background that shows traces of brush or spatula strokes. This manner of presentation strips the words of their usual context – instead of glamour or colourful figures, there is only the monochromatic canvas. The words, stripped bare, unexpectedly gain new energy, begin to communicate emotions, and open themselves up to the viewer’s individual interpretation.

Zero Pleasure
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Jadwiga Sawicka

Zero Pleasure

2006 / oil, acrylic, canvas / 70 x 100 cm / no. 0080 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0 9/ 9 Wróć
Description

Once again Sawicka presents a banal phrase in a manner which develops new meanings. The viewer begins to wonder about the expression’s source and message: what is the disturbing “zero pleasure” supposed to mean? An excerpt from one of the artist’s notes may offer a suggestion: “Restriction and confinement. Security and control. Voluntary renouncement of privileges in return for partial access to certain rights. Microscopic wounds, illusory tragedies, and all the fuss about nothing.”

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