Jasia Szerszynska

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Artist Statement

“My work always begins with drawing.

Originally my mark making on paper was by using graphite and charcoal because of my love of the line quality that it gives. I then began experimenting with brush and ink which enabled a new boldness and simplicity. I then began to go out into the landscape with just Chinese ink and a paintbrush to create drawings. My aim was not to draw literally what I saw before me but to capture some essence of the patterns of man’s mark on the land.

Studies of plant structures and plant cells were the inspiration behind the Seedprint series of twelve screen prints. These were made using translucent ink on squares of Chinese silk paper and had titles of Seedprint, Leafprint, Stem and Magnify.
The square format enabled whole sets to work together beautifully either in a grid format or
side by side in a single row.

The Encounter Series of nine lithographs relates to the Silk Print series with the same square format but with larger and stronger brushstrokes. Each image is not contained but goes beyond the edge and is part of something bigger. Some of the images are calm and contained and others have a tension and energy.

The title Encounters comes from the experience of moving through a space whether urban or rural.”

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