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Artist Joanna Borkowska

Joanna Borkowska

New York, NY, USA


Joanna Borkowska is a New York-based abstract painter. She holds a doctorate in political science from the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and taught there until 2007. She had her debut exhibition at the National Museum in Szczecin in 2009 and has exhibited in Poland and internationally since then. Her work is held in numerous institutional and private collections. Borkowska has been an artist in residence at Matadero Madrid, Art Omi, and Residency Unlimited. She is the recipient of grants by The Kosciuszko Foundation, The Polish Cultural Institute - New York, The Adam Mickiewicz Institute, as well as other governmental and non-governmental institutions. Artist Statement Nature is the source of my creative energy and vision. I think that the creative process is a collaborative effort, but the artist is responsible for the ultimate outcome. I work in a partnership with Nature in order to prepare a space in which I can establish contact with the essence of a form – either from the material world or the world of ideas. A painting gradually evolves from the mutual discovery and exploration between the artist and this form. The resulting piece of art develops its own independent existence, becoming a new form creating a potentially infinite number of interactions and interrelations with the viewer. By Nature, I understand it as everything that is, from the molecular to the cosmic, with all its forces and processes. For several years, I’ve been interested in the beginning and the end of the Universe and ideas related to the concepts of Nothingness and Absolute Nothingness in both philosophy and science. In my work, I’m trying to translate these ideas and the invisible, vibrational aspect of Nature onto the canvas.

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