Gosia Wlodarczak , Grass: Frost Drawing for Omi
Photo Credit: Longin Sarnecki
Drawing is at the heart of Gosia Wlodarczak's practice. She doesn't work in a studio. Instead her drawings happen in real time in the exhibition space documenting the present moment as she witnesses it. For example, in 2012, as part of an ongoing series of Frost Drawings, the artist staged an 18-day drawing performance at Brisbane's Gallery of Modern Art. With Window Shopping, Frost Drawing for GOMA, Wlodarczak arrived each day at GOMA dressed in different outfits mimicking a mannequin in a fashion store window. She leaned against the glass facade of the museum entrance and drew her interactions with passers-by in a continuous white line on the glass. The resulting intricate networks of shapes act as an archive of that specific time and place, a 'membrane' between different states of being, while the white pigment references her childhood growing up in Poland looking out of frosty windows during winter.
Here, she created Grass, Frost Drawing for Omi during a ten-day performance in 2017. The drawing evokes her experiences at Omi in white across the cafe windows in the Benenson Visitors Center.
Gosia Wlodarczak was born in Poland. Wlodarczak has been exhibiting since the 1980s. The artist has exhibited in solo exhibitions in galleries and institutions throughout the world, including Deakin University Art Gallery, (Victoria); TarraWarra Museum of Art (Victoria), RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, MCA National Museum Szczecin (Poland), Museum of Fine Arts Ghent (Belgium), SASA Gallery University of South Australia, Adelaide, Singapore Video Stage, (Singapore) Kentler International Drawing Space (Brooklyn, New York) and more. Wlodarczak's work is held in a number of private and public collections including state and regional gallery collections, Australian university collections and international collections such as Chiang Mai University, Thailand; London Print Workshop; Print Council of Canada; Western Washington University, Washington, USA; and Poznan Academy of Fine Arts, Poland. The artist migrated to Australia in 1996 and is based in Melbourne.