untitled, from the cycle Plain bile would come from the liver
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Dorota Buczkowska

untitled, from the cycle Plain bile would come from the liver

2012 / lipstick, mascara, make-up base, pencil, watercolor paper / 29 x 21 cm / no. 0130 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence 3.0    Wróć

Dorota Buczkowska’s abstract drawings bring to mind bodily tissue. By using cosmetic products and make-up, the artist operates with half translucent, delicate colour. The artist achieves an organic quality with colours of the body, and with the greasy texture created by the cosmetics. Buczkowska’s works refer to the connection of carnality with emotions, perceived as chemical reactions. In line with Hippocrates’ theory, the psychosomatic dependence between the body and soul is connected with the so-called humors – yellow bile, black bile, blood and phlegm. The proportions are said to influence not only health, but also determine temperament (melancholic, choleric, phlegmatic and sanguine).

Her paintings created in 2013 are a continuation of her series of drawings. The paintings appear less delicate, as Buczkowska uses thick coats of oil paint. However, their contrast with the delicate, satin underpainting allows the artist to sustain the trembling, ethereal quality seen in her smaller-scaled drawings. The artist's fun and nonchalance are apparent in her uninhibited gesture. The nonchalant gesture may be perceived as nervous, while the energy flowing from the piece may convey anxiety or even threat.

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