Art,  Blackqube

Paulina Olowska

Enjoy the latest works of Paulina Olowska, presented in her show “Squelchy Garden Mules and Mamunas” at Pace Gallery London. The artist showcases a suite of paintings, collages, film, and sound installation across the entirety of the gallery – centring female perspectives and narratives.

Beyond theses themes the presentation develops on her explorations into Slavic folklore, mythology, and the collective capabilities of, and our intrinsic connection to, nature.

Olowska’s figurative paintings often feature women in a wide range of environments, from offices and shops to farms and jungles.

Deeply engaged with the political and social histories of Eastern Europe, American consumerism and pop culture, feminism, and the aesthetics of fashion advertisements, the artist’s paintings of women challenge and upend art historical conventions as well as traditional notions of femininity in Eastern and Western cultures.

To these ends, Olowska imbues her canvases with surreal, dreamlike effects through her distinct use of color and perspective.

The artist is also widely known for her collaborative and layered performances, for which she frequently draws inspiration from writing and poetry. Incorporating various combinations of puppetry, costume, acting, and dance, Olowska’s vibrant performance work brings together fantastical and historical subjects.

Paulina Olowska (b. 1976, Gdansk, Poland) was born in 1976 in Gdansk, Poland, and lives and works in Rabka Zdroj and Krakow, Poland. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Illinois in 1996 and earned an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts, Gdansk, Poland in 2000.