THROUGH THE MEANDERS OF LIFE, THE COMFORT OF FEELING SAFE

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“It was one of the funniest ‘just married’ sessions I`ve done. The couple had a real theatrical spirit, and both were openminded enough to have faith in my crazy ideas. This particular image reflects a mix of my black sense of humor with the idea of what love should mean.

KASIA DERWINSKA

MAGICAL REALISM

Kasia Derwinska (born in Poland and now living in Barcelona) is a self-taught, observant, introverted, and persistent daydreamer with a very dark sense of humor. She creates dreamlike scenes trying to blur the line between photography, painting, and illustration. Her inspirations have roots in the surrealistic works of Rene Magritte, Storm Thorgerson (in particular) and Polish painter Zdzislaw Beksinski.

Although her work is often described as surreal, she prefers to define it as magical realism. This concept of the real world in a combination with a fantastic realm where everything we see is within the realm of the possible has been with her since childhood and it is present in most of her works.

For many years, K worked on the interior design and visual merchandizing for various interior showrooms and magazines. Her native talent for composition, together with her experience in spacial design helps her create spaces in photography. Sometimes she builds the entire room from the base, combining various elements into walls, doors, windows or arranging furniture and decorative pieces one by one. The same occurs when she works with landscapes or open spaces, mixing different images of grounds, skies or nature elements to create the final image.

Usually, her process of creations starts with an emotion or thought and, although most of her works are introspective, many times these are concepts, feelings, or doubts that everyone has in life. That is why people often identify with them.

Kasia ́s creations can be divided into a few principal series. The first one – conceptual black and white that forms part of ‘The World We Live In’ collection deals with the theme of human nature and the eternal searching for the meaning of life. It involves the position of a man in the world and society and often refers to relationships and to the general concept of being human. It is the most autobiographical of all the series.

The second series ‘Night Dreams’ is an attempt to depict and understand her sleeping dreams which are often intense, full of archetypes and symbols that are deeply rooted in human collective memory. The series “Fairy Tales and Fantasies” is pure imagination, inspired by children’s books, ancient beliefs, myths, and legends. It often has a touch of magic. And the series “Who Sings, Frightens Away His Fears” is full of vibrant colors, quite often close to an infantile-like mood.

It is a kind of Kasia’s own therapy, the escape from painful reality that sometimes overwhelms. The use of colors (called also “chromotherapy”) helps to recover the energy and impulse to get out from dark moods and sadness. Although kind of an outsider when it comes to the art communities (she rarely participates in competitions, exhibitions or fairs), her work has won various awards and can be found in private collections across the world.

Her works can be purchased through Saatchi Art Gallery (https://saatchiart.com/account/profile/459248) or through her own website (https://www.magic-art-photography.eu/).

“My work is an attempt to connect the substantiality of the world that surrounds us with elusiveness of feelings and thoughts. I describe my creations as building a bridge between the visible and the invisible.”

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