When I look at Dorota Bierżyńska's paintings, I have an intriguing question: could he paint a man like that? I realize that by putting a similar problem of the pedigree of art I fall into an eternal trap.
Some, for the model of female painting, would put Olga Boznanska, her delicate, sensitive, I would say muslin palette and love of beauty expressed in models, especially women. Others, in turn, would refer to the art of Katarzyna Kobro, how precise, logical geometrical. Only man can do it. The third group would say that art is either bad and that you do not have to create it on your knees, as Jan Styka intended, but good. Thus, art, and especially fine arts, are genetic in their genesis.
However, for me, the painting by Dorota Bierżyńska is a classic example of the fact that in the art of presenting, where the search for a full expression is always connected with the reception and getting to know your Sony and Psyche, it involves getting to know yourself and accepting your (including gender) uniqueness. Recently, for example, I learned that such artistic masterpieces of nature as starry lace snowflakes - they never repeat. We have an infinite number of star-shaped masterpieces!
How deeply did Brzezżyńska have to reach her woman's fullness, where in mysterious relationships she connects herself with the spirit and soul to create her stunning and unique art. In this place I will quote the opinion of a very feminine poet, columnist and essayist, Ewa Moskalna, who is already dead, who wrote about Dorota Bierżyńska: "Bierżyńska is not ashamed of emotion or biology. They combine in a natural - typically feminine way - into one with intellectual reflection. Accepting sensations, experiencing them with the whole being, somehow conquers the auto - analysis "
Today, "not embarrassing either emotion or biology" often in feminine painting combines with a kind of exhibitionism, shocking corporeality, including the hedonistic debauchery, this cancer of modern Western civilization.
Indeed, in Bierżyńska, we meet feminine acts, but how many delicacies in them, they are shrouded in a mist of feeling, co-feeling, a gift of femininity. Even in the passionate act of a woman in a red stocking, we see a reverie, there is a captured moment in front of something that is going to happen or has already happened ...
Because I am neither an art historian nor the more a critic, I will let my unprofessional remarks because of the affinity of my imagination. As a prose writer I am allergic to the fleshiness of the Kashubian landscape, to the fascinating variability of the sea or the Kashubian lakes. I got this visual enchantment from my Vilnius pages - from the Oszmian highlands.
Dorota Bierżyńska herself can determine the nature of her vocation, which you will find in the catalog of this opening. However, in another place she writes: "My painting is a sphere where I free myself from an object to define my own reality, and then it unexpectedly turns into a space seen only in dreams, in a dream." This release from objects, not always consistent - which in a moment, causes that the sea element is not seen as a naturalistically turbulent sea (as we are watching, for example, in the naval sailor of the eminent Russian painter Ajwazowski), but actually a colorful vision of the sea that someone dreamed about who lives in the world of colors.
The artist told me that the palette of Ibero-American painters is very inspiring for her. And where, how influential the school of colourists from the Paris group of Kapists, which had its continuation in the Sopot ASP? In the works of this painter I have managed to see, this delicate Polish watercolors dominate, to go through, as if in Mexican painting: even in a fantastic predatory, fiery bird with a hooked beak ...
What I now want to say may contradict the previous arguments. But this is what happens when we have an outstanding creative personality.
Although the artist states that her painting is "freeing herself from objects" when we reach for a series of paintings in which objects play an important role - we can only admire the unprecedented sense of composition. of being, treated with an unmistakable sense of color - often saturated with the Ibero-American palette - creates an unforgettable landscape. Each composition is born from the seeming chaos of things accumulated anyhow and creates its own world, I would say, a world of higher spiritual sense.
And here I come back to my own - a painting of a uniquely feminine, full of joy and passion of life. How much courage and sensualism are there, where the world is perceived not only by soul and intellect; but with all physical being. I am glad that I could interact with the art of Dorota Bierżyńska.