Where Monday is on Sunday
11-18 November 2011
The body is an incredible material to work with. I treat it as a medium in itself, like I treat film or photography. I think about my art in very simple terms and apply simple means, therefore I often use my own body as it is the most accessible resource I have. In other words, there are also technical reasons why my works are so much about myself. The body has its life span and its endurance, especially if it is used as a material, as modeling clay, the way I use it in my films. Here, the body is a link to reality. Once it begins to shrink and disintegrate, the connection is lost. Death is attractive. It is attractive and terrifying. It is my constant companion, impacting everything, including my works. I find it fascinating that the death of an artist often lends credence to what the artist did when alive. It sometimes happens that artists die the same way they made their performances. It is indeed a strange predicament, but also perhaps a bit of a pop culture cliché as is the case with musicians – Amy Winehouse, for example. It may sound strange but I do keep wondering what will happen to my works over time, once I am gone. How will their meaning change? In the present social circumstances, I feel as though I was devoting my time to some kind of hobby. I am aware that this may seem somewhat old-fashioned but I am doing this for myself. I make art for purely egotistic reasons and that is why the working process itself is so very important to me.
Aneta Grzeszykowska (b. 1974), lives and works in Warsaw.
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