Annamarie Dzendrowskyj

Born in: 1967, UK

Lives in: London, UK

Media: Painting, Photography, Drawing

Describe your work in 3 words: Atmospheric - Dissolving - Ethereal

See More Work: - IG@annamarie_dzendrowskyj

Twilight - Murano VII - Oil on Linen 48 x 80 cm

“If the world were clear, art would not exist.”

- Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus

What themes does your work involve?
My work seeks to examine the indeterminate nature of 'ways of seeing' and 'ways of being', that ambiguous ‘grey area’ between presence and absence, exploring fleeting moments of a world in constant flux. Moments in time that suggest a space, rather than define a space, existing between what is seen and unseen, a zone of indiscernibility.
Describe your creative process.

I work in series from lived experiences, photos, sketches, memory and imagination. Employing a process of creation and erasure and multiple layers of delicate thin glazes of oil paint to let the image slowly reveal itself, like a photograph developing in a darkroom. As James McNeill Whistler has been quoted ‘paint should not be applied thick. It should be like breathe on the surface of a pane of glass'. I see my work as a journey that is never-ending, always moving onward, seeking, searching.

What influences your work? What inspires you? Why do you make art?
Indiscernible zones and spaces exist at the heart of my life experiences from my previous career as a Scuba Instructor, acting as a catalyst for my work. What is seen underwater is affected by interference, movement, light, weather, nothing appears clearly defined. This is reflected in my work, presenting the emergence and dissolution of forms and settings in ethereal imagery. Offering the viewer a visual space for contemplation and challenging their perception of time, place and space.
What is good art? What makes a piece of art great?

Impossible questions to answer, this is so subjective! I can offer a quote which reflects on why I see that art is so important in our lives - whether the work is viewed is good or great, can only be in the eye of the beholder.

"In a world addicted to consumption and power, art celebrates emptiness and surrender. In a world accelerating to greater and greater speed, art reminds us of the timeless."
(J.L. Adams, Winter Music) - The Philosophy of Emptiness

What is the role of the artist today?
I studied art after an accident forced me to re-think my life, seeking an alternative way of seeing the world. Artists in their own unique and individual approach consider ideas, notions of what the world was, is, and how it might be framed. They play an important role in constructing ideologies and interpreting cultural identities. Offering a distant gaze, highlighting ambiguous spaces where notions of fact and fiction can fuse from past to present, which in turn set the ground for the future.

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