Karolina Jabłońska

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Karolina Jabłońska, born 1991 in Niedomice. Lives and works in Kraków.

Jabłońska studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków (2010-2015). Residencies and fellowships include Scholarship in Vysoká škola uměleckoprůmyslová v Praze UMPRUM (2014-2015), LIA Programme Residency, Spinnerei Leipzig (2018), Fern Residency, Brussels (2021), Fores Project Residency, London (2022).

Deeply felt and keenly observed, Karolina Jabłońska’s paintings often depict everyday situations that capture the awkwardness of certain common activities. As the artist has put it, “the paintings come from small sensory and emotional impressions.” Yet, the personal is also political: metaphors for emotional states, inherent in these paintings are references to the role of women, the existential threat to their bodies and restrictions imposed by political realities.

Monumental depictions of faces—a striking portrayal of her own features that has come to function as a stand-in for the artist but also for a more generalized alter ego—suggest strong emotions but also evoke a visceral response in the viewer. Pairing dramatically distorted points of view and expressive color, the works have an immediacy that is leavened by art historical painterly references and a distinct dry wit.

In 2024, Karolina Jabłońska’s work will be presented in a solo exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Sopot, as well as in a group exhibition at the Dallas Contemporary Art Museum.

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