Marta Kawiorska’s painting is characterized by extraordinary care for the formal quality. Deep contouring, extraordinarily subtle use of colour value, translucent application of tones – these are characteristics rarely encountered today in the practice of young artists. Subtlety of colour – usually making use of a consciously narrowed colour range with a broad scale of half-tones – is indeed a calling-card of her canvases, as is thorough analysis of light phenomena revealed often in the simplest of motifs. […] What is striking, above all, is the purposeful rejection of textural effects, care to conceal mechanical traces of painting technique, purposeful choice of formats – as a rule, avoiding monumental dimensions.

Thus-defined technique leads to the achievement of surprising visual effects, the result of which is a peculiar sort of intimacy in the paintings that brings to mind associations with the 15th- century Dutch masters. Focused attention separates out individual objects, alienates them from their surroundings, displaying a refined play of lights and shadows. One’s thoughts follow one’s eye, posing questions about the identity of individual beings, their nature and the reality in which they exist. Essentially, this question is also posed with reference to the status of the viewer. The existence of the subject and object mutually conditions the possibility of recognizing their proper place in the hierarchy of phenomena and beings. […]

The repetitive character of the themes does not undermine their individual importance, which is so clearly sanctioned by the artist’s tender glance. The clarity or vagueness of concrete forms or objects is always precisely dosed, so as not to obscure the essence of the painting’s composition as a whole. Details appear or disappear – always under the dictates of a superordinate plan purposefully governing the established principle of the frame.

Here, the complexity of visual and compositional effects fully satisfies the need for an expression, whose enormous potential is hidden in the subtle value and colour ranges of the individual canvases. The formal refinement of these paintings is, however, not an empty display of technical virtuosity. A decidedly greater role in them is played by a subtle narrative, a ‘dialogue withthe object’, the content of which is the irremovable question of the possibility of knowing the world in which we live. […]

Ewa Herniczek, ‘Ray of Light Reflected’, in: Marta Kawiorska, Dariusz Milczarek. Dialogue, exhibition catalogue, 2019.

selected publications:

10. Triennial of Polish Contemporary Drawing Lubaczów 2020
exhibition catalogue
2020

editing: Piotr Zubowski, Barbara Kubrak
language: Polish, English

Marta Kawiorska, Dariusz Milczarek. Dialogue
exhibition catalogue
2019

text: Ewa Herniczek, Ray of Light Reflected
language: Polish, English

Krakowskie Spotkania Artystyczne 2019 – Dialogi. Malarstwo, Rzeźba, Rysunek
major exhibitions catalogue / accompanying exhibitions catalogue
2019

editing: Joanna Warchoł
language: Polish

Krakowskie Spotkania Artystyczne 2017 – Konfiguracje. Malarstwo, Rzeźba, Rysunek
major exhibitions catalogue
2017

editing: Joanna Warchoł
language: Polish

Co widzisz – co wiesz. Rzecz o Galerii Współczesnej Sztuki Sakralnej ‘Dom Praczki’
w Kielcach
book publication
2016

texts: Adam Organisty, Miejska pustynia; Marta Kawiorska – author’s comment
language: Polish

Galeria -1. Polski Komitet Olimpijski. Wystawy Sztuki Współczesnej 2006 – 2016.
book publication
2016

editing: Kama Zboralska
language: Polish

42. Painting Biennale ‘Bielska Jesień 2015’
exhibition catalogue
2015

editing: Grażyna Cybulska
language: Polish, English

Marta Kawiorska. Quiet spaces
exhibition catalogue
2013

text: Paulina Olszewska, (Not) Everyday Places. On the Paintings of Marta Kawiorska
language: Polish, English

Nord Art 2011
exhibition catalogue
2011

editing: Inga Aru
language: German, English

Marta Kawiorska. Isolation
exhibition catalogue
2011

text: Ewa Herniczek, Intercourse with Reality
language: Polish, English

7. Sacrum Art Triennial. The home in young art
exhibition catalogue
2010

editing: Joanna Matyja
language: Polish, English, German

selected press articles:

Kraków. Miesięcznik społeczno – kulturalny
no 02 (148), February 2017

text: Marek Sołtysik, Wyjadanie sztuki
language: Polish

Projektor. Kielecki magazyn kulturalny
no 2/11/2015, February 2015

text: Izabela Łazarczyk – Kaczmarek, Wrażliwośc pejzaży miejskich
language: Polish

http://www.rp.pl/artykul/9149,1198731-Obrazy-swiatlem-malowane.html

Rzeczpospolita
5.05.2015

text: Monika Kuc, Obrazy światłem malowane
language: Polish

Arteon. Magazyn o sztuce
no 7(171), July 2014

text: Milena Maćkowiak, Agata Ruszkowska, Umowne zawłaszczanie cząstek rzeczywistości – rozmowa z Martą Kawiorską (compilation)
language: Polish

Kraków. Miesięcznik społeczno – kulturalny
no 1(111), January 2014

text: Marek Sołtysik, “Fascynujące udręczenie” i granice “strefy intymnej”
language: Polish

Kraków. Miesięcznik społeczno – kulturalny
no 04 (78), April 2011

text: Marek Sołtysik, Pozostałości naszej obecności
language: Polish