Once Upon a Time... Life
10th - 27th March 2014

In the works from the There Was a Life cycle, the artist touches upon the issue of a fight with the “oppressor”. This theme occurred earlier in Maess’s artistic statement in the Excessive series, which tells about the process of liberation from a destructive relationship. In this case, the field of struggle is the organism. Bodily adventures are a result of an external threat, and specifically of the unforeseeable cell behaviour. Maess’s narration is condensed on paper as a transformation of tissues, blood, collection of medical data, microscopic images, and letters captured in a dramatic explosion.

The artist creates drawing cycles. The effects of this work are characterised by a precise stroke, both disciplined and moody, and an exceptional saturation of the painting, which is often thought to be computer processing. Maess’s paintings speak of what we cope with as people and at the same time as organisms existing in time. She is fascinated by faith and reality.

Maess – born in 1982. A graduate of the Faculty of Industrial Design and Visual Communication, the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, and a holder of the Escola Superior de Artes e Design scholarship in Porto. Maess, as one of the first in Poland, made drawing her main artistic medium. Nominated to the Grand Prix Foire Internationale du Dessin in Paris in 2012. The artist has a dozen or so individual and collective exhibitions to her credit, e.g. in Germany, Portugal, Argentina, Spain, and Italy. Her pieces of art can be found in many private collections and in museums, such as the Fryderyk Chopin Museum in Warsaw. Maess’s drawings were published in the prestigious FUKT Magazine and the exhibition promoting the magazine held in the Warsaw Centre for Contemporary Art. Recently, works by Maess could be seen as part of collective shows in the Wrocław Contemporary Museum, Arsenal Municipal Gallery in Poznań, and at the Leipzig Artist International Art Programme exhibition in Leipzig.

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