Six questions for
Joanna Wierzbicka

Tique asks six questions to an artist about their work and inspiration.
This week: Joanna Wierzbicka.

Artist Joanna Wierzbicka
Lives in London

How do you describe your own art practice?

I work multidisciplinary across photography, sculpture, video, and installation. My practice is built through the iterative process of photographing, printing, sculpting, and searches for different ways of interaction – trying to awaken bodily experiences, evoke tactility, and haptics.

Which question or theme is central in your work?

What is a body? Where does it start? Where does it end? How do we experience having and being a body, especially among other bodies? How can we challenge that notion to rethink relations between humans and non-humans? How can we use our bodies as tools for understanding current ecological questions? And also – how would it be to be bacteria or a worm?

What was your first experience with art?

That must have been a painting of the Assumption of Mary in the local church. I have also a very vivid memory of making a collage from leaves in the kindergarten (it was a portrait of a man picking up leaves).

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Bodies and anything related! I love anatomical museums (saw my favourite one in Basel), medical imaging, somatic experiencing exercises, various body-related objects including orthopedic aids or playgrounds, all the living organisms, their experiences, oh, and water!

What do you need in order to create your work?

My notebook with notes, ideas, research, sketches (that mostly end up looking nothing like the final work), conversations, exchanges with others, a few tools, snacks, tap water, finding the flow within the process, and most importantly – time and space (both in my head and around to make some mess).

What work or artist has most recently surprised you?

Infini of Boris Charmatz with the full range of emotions it offered.

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