"You don’t want to reveal everything about your family, and you don’t want to hold back too much either. There needs to be something for the audience or for the viewer."
Artist and PhD candidate at the Australian National University
Marzena Wasikowska is a quietly methodical and determined photomedia artist experimenting and exploring ideas of myth and the environment. She works with the landscape as a character and aims to draw her viewers in to experience the ecological sublime.
Her work spans portraits, waterscapes and the built environment and her more recent bodies of work include beautiful representations in her series Earth’s Self Correcting Systems: Gold Coast and Alaska, Journey Reluctantly Taken and Forensic Landscapes.
Negotiating the Family Portrait has been another ongoing series of hers, which studies the history, identity and myth in her own family. Images from this series have won her a regular position as an exhibiting finalist in the annual National Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in Canberra, which tours this exhibition through regional Australia. Her acclaimed 2021 entry is A Covid kind of day.
Her link to Poland has also been celebrated when was awarded a grant to return to her hometown of Szczecin, Poland resulting in the series, I Left Poland when I was 11 years old, which subsequently led to her being admitted as a member of the Polish Art Photographers’ Association.
She is currently a PhD candidate in Photography and Media Arts at the Australian National University enabling her to dive deeper into the theme of global warming through ecology research and field experiences presented in her provocative waterscapes.
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