Krystyna Piotrowska represents a totally unique kind of art which belongs with categories of experimental activity. Her attitude to art and the existential problems she is intrigued by is likewise unique and idiosyncratic. It is equally difficult to find its ancestors and any contemporary artist who could represent a similar approach.
She finished her education and began her artistic career path in the mid 1970s, a heyday of the reception and development of Conceptual art in Poland. She moreover studied in the best art school of the time, the Poznań College of Fine Arts, which set high intellectual requirements to its students and stressed the mastery of workmanship. Some features characteristic of her school can be found in the artist’s output and nature. However, this is a question of selective choices and absorbing of what’s near and necessary rather than that of influences. When we follow her artistic path we can easily observe that since her very first solo works she seemed as if programmed. While she did change, the transformations took place within the same pivotal assumption, or rather the framework of imagination and thought.
Krystyna Piotrowska has since the very beginning used in her art and virtually made it her exclusive motif, the human figure, in particular the face.
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A publication by the Centre of Contemporary Art Znaki Czasu and The Arsenal City Art Gallery
Krystyna Piotrowska, Wojciech Makowiecki
Bożena Kowalska, Ewa Toniak, Anda Rottenberg
Marcin Turski, Paweł Falkowski
Bogna Błażewicz, Karolina Sikorska, Katarzyna Radomska
Design and typesetting
Grzegorz Laszuk K+S, Anna Hegman K+S
Jacek Gładykowski, Krystyna Piotrowska, Katarina Stoltz
Project coordination (The Arsenal)
Project coordination (CoCA)
Artist wishes to thank:
Most cordial thanks to all the women who have let me plait their hair, and to the
experts for their opinions on hair.
The plait, Photo: Krystyna Piotrowska
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ISBN : 978-83-62881-03-1