Ukrainian born artist Grycja creates surrealist works using different techniques such as collage, digital illustration, painting, video-poetry and furniture-like art objects.
Her primary medium is collage, both analogue and digital, which Grycja skilfully uses to create surrealist landscapes where nature and human beings meet in an uncanny, almost comical way. Her works are often characterized by contrasting botanical textures and human and animal characters.
Her surrealist artworks create wondrous alternative realities as well as capturing and visualizing abstract feelings and situations. This is the case, for example, in the series Communication Disorder realized using digital collage, which visualizes the emotions and physical experiences of introverts.
Her works show their shyness and social difficulties, creating highly metaphorical works where spiky, succulent-head characters with wary eyes either sit uncomfortably as objects of our vision or carelessly ride fantastic creatures as they seek refuge from reality in their imagination.
In her collages, many of the human characters seem to originate from a previous epoch depending on their clothing styles and hairdo. She combines some original black-and-white or sepia fragments with overpainted sections. This term refers to the practice of manually adding colour to monochromatic photographs, particularly popular in the mid 19th century. This specific technique gives Grycja’s artworks a specific textured appearance and creates a playful and humorous effect.
In the series The Poetry of Horror, Grycja aims to display the exaggeration of the circumstances and dangers in life by combining daring manipulations of creatures and plants. As a figurative artist, she is exploring the relations of shapes and forms in compositions depending on lights and colours. Her surreal art blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy as her unreal and incongruous visions brightly become part of everyday life.
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