I really love this description by ZeeArts !
I really love this description by ZeeArts !
Rozalin’s Constellation has been completed despite busy week. Now off to a new piece. I am very happy 🙂
Posted in bits & bobs, Painting, tagged abstrast art, artist in RAK, Artist in UAE, colstellations, Constellations, gender art, kasia dzikowska, oil painting, pattern, RAK art, relations in the family on September 13, 2014| Leave a Comment »
There is a gap in my blog as you can see. 2 long months. I have spent those last 2 months traveling around I have been filling my head with new ideas and my travel sketchbook with colour and line. I will share those soon with.
Meanwhile, there is a new project I started working on. And here is what it is about:
I have been tempted for a long while to create a collection about something that is close to my heart. Up until now I have been looking at women as isolated beings: focusing on their existence, their perception of themselves and their ambitions. But none among us is standing alone; we are all products of the way in which we were raised by the family around us. As women it is our mothers, sisters, grandmothers and daughters who influence our lives like the sun and moon influence the tides. Their relationships, both with us and with each other, inform our personalities to make up who we are. In Constellations, I explore these relationships between the women of a family, capturing them with symbolic patterns, colours and dimensions to produce a window on how a family sees itself.
This piece is based on relations between women in my family. Technique: Oil on canvas, size: 120 x 80 cm
I felt that it was time for a bit of portraiture practice yesterday, so I have made this ink sketch based on my favorite picture of me and Simon. Somehow I felt an urge for a drawing sized to fit a small frame after a trip to Ikea, which resulted in bags of unplanned items including a set of frames! Coincidence?
Anyway, this is 15 x 20 cm ink sketch with a dash of water.
I thought it would be nice to put up some details of the small series of my Notice Me butterflies. These 6 pieces are the size of a large postcard and are done in ink and watercolour.
This weekend I am on the roll. First blue butterfly is finished,second one just needs few touches. It’s nice to see work happening. 🙂
I have started 2 new paintings, this time in blue. A1, watercolour and ink.
Posted in Thoughts and other words, tagged 2nd annual RAK Fine Art Festival, art, artist, artist in Ras al Khaimah, award winning artist, handmade, kasia dzikowska, katarzyna dzikowska, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE artist on February 22, 2014| Leave a Comment »
This evening I am incredibly excited, because tonight at the 2nd Annual Ras Al Khaimah Fine Arts Festival I was awarded First Place in the Art category!
The two pieces selected by the Foundation for their Festival were from my Notice Me series, which I have been working on since moving to the UAE in September 2013.
It began with my observations of Emirati woman going about their everyday tasks. Although they are fully covered in a black abaya with a hijab or niqab, sometimes as a casual observer I could catch a glimpse of beauty escaping the abaya: a hem of delicate fabric, a shine of an elaborate shoe or extraordinary shades of colour on their eyelids. The fact that these signs of hidden beauty were unintentionally revealed was more stimulating than any attractiveness that was free to see from a simple glance. It made me wonder about the women on the inside of the black material; what are their dreams, ambitions and colours that are hidden from us.
I would like to thank the Al Qasimi Foundation and also my amazing husband for all his constant support.
Posted in Uncategorized, tagged 2nd annual RAK Fine Art Festival, Al Qasimi Foundation, artist, artist in Ras al Khaimah, artysta, Banyan Tree Al Wadi, handmade, kasia dzikowska, katarzyna dzikowska, RAK Academy, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE artist on February 17, 2014| Leave a Comment »
Today I am very excited because two of my pieces will be exhibited at the 2nd annual Ras al Khaimah Fine Art Festival!
The Festival is part of the Al Qasimi Foundation’s efforts to make tangible contributions to the cultural development of both Ras Al Khaimah and the UAE, and this year it features over forty artists across film, photography and fine art. It also will showcase work by some of the students at RAK Academy, where I teach art.
The premiere of the exhibition will be a black tie event at the very posh Banyan Tree Al Wadi hotel, which I’m super-excited for, and the festival itself runs for four days. A little bird has said to me that there will be cocktails and caviar, and the thought of Simon in a tuxedo is very nice too!
It was a busy weekend and, frankly, I wasn’t sure if I was going to manage to finish my two pieces mentioned in my last post, as I was feeling under the weather. Fortunately my lovely Simon, bless him, has been nursing me to good effect and I managed to complete one of them.