Sylwia Żółkiewska is a visual artist, working across various mediums such as painting, digital graphics, animation/motion graphics & code, and laureate of Polish Contemporary Painting Tri-ennial. Her works have been presented at numerous exhibitions and art venues in Poland, USA, Switzerland, Spain & Slovakia. In 2007 she received an MFA from the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, earlier studying Media Arts in Turku, Finland. Today she lives and works in Warsaw, Po-land. In art, Sylwia Żółkiewska enjoys crossing the boundaries of disciplines, experimenting with new technologies, and constantly searching for new means of expression. Her artworks often explore human interaction with the digital world and digitality itself in an abstract way. They concern the passage of time, memories, emotions, identity, and a state of constant change in a tech-centric world. Lately, she has been practicing research-based art while conducting interdis-ciplinary studies on a contemporary mobile image as a visual inspiration and part of her Ph.D. dissertation. She is also a lecturer and activist, promoting emerging digital technologies & in-novations in Polish & European arts and culture.
“I have always been fascinated by how the digital world and its aesthetics influence real-world perceptions and generate new practices and forms of coexistence. How digital space gives us freedom and enslaves us, how interfaces and screens capture our attention. Exploring the digi-tal through art allows me to understand better human existence and interconnectedness in a world dominated by technology and communicate my reflections to others. In my work, I use an abstract, minimalist form rooted in the digital world, the aesthetics of digital screens, and fluid interfaces. For me, abstraction has always meant a sense of freedom, the ability to get in touch directly with hidden emotions and express my thoughts through primary means of expression such as color, shape, and composition. I believe that the non-obviousness of my works can speak to the viewer on a subconscious level and help unveil unknown thoughts and emotions. I consider art and the creative process unlimited spaces of possibilities, so I continue to experi-ment with new media and new means of expression, never stopping in my search for new forms and inspirations”