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  • Writer's pictureVanessa Rusci

Special Guest by Vanessa rusci

I chose the Barbara Porczynska project because it is an important work for the condition of women in the world.

Barbara Porczynska is an activist painter who uses her art to talk about the condition of women.

I particularly love those who use art to improve the world.

I loved the representation of the woman in her reality, far from the beauty canons of advertising.

Her work reveals the reality of the female condition today.

I definitely loved the representation of the sense of guilt and the multiactivity of the mother of our century: with little support, she has to attend to all the tasks that a woman is assigned today.

Being beautiful, producing, giving birth, raising children, and being a modern and successful woman...

Artist Selected by Vanessa Rusci
The 3 pages of our Magazine Artist Selected by Vanessa Rusci

Born 1982. B.A. in Polish philology, M. A. in fine arts, graduated from the University of Rzeszów. Diploma with honors under the supervision of prof. Stanisław Białogłowicz. Twice scholarship holder of the Polish Minister of Science. 20 individual exhibitions, participants of more than 100 national and international collective exhibitions and plein aires. Participant of artistic projects. Winner of several art prizes, e.g. winner of “Vivivacolors Prize” 7th edition of the Prisma Art Prize, finalist King House Gallery 2020 Art Competition, Honorable Distinctions of The Jury and Special Awards by The Museum of Art in Miskolc / Hungary International Painting Triennial of Carpathian

Region „Silver Quadrangle” 2012 and grand prix Artist Event „Belle Époque” Bad Gastein

Austria 2012. She publishes in the literary-artistic journal „Fraza“. A member of Polish Association of Artists (ZPAP) and the editor-in-chief of Rzeszow ZPAP branch newsletter „Sztuka i Życie“

In years 2011-2018. Currently, a PhD student at the University of Rzeszow. The author of the idea of MaMalarka“ („MamArtist“): a mother who struggles between art and everyday life. The documentary „MamArtist/MaMalarka“ (dir. K. Mazurkiewicz) about the artist undertakes this topic using the language of film

Laocoon’s Group Barbara Porczynska
“Laocoon’s Group” Barbara Porczynska


The professional life of a woman who becomes a mother is not the easiest. Currently, the woman’s scope of responsibilities grows to an enormous size. Her role has expanded: she has to be a heroine, idealized by handbooks, and commercials (“Skin to skin”). In effect, a contemporary woman lasts in a permanent conflict – inner – with herself and outer – striving to meet the requirements imposed on her by society.

I’m interested in the topic of motherhood, everyday rituals connected with it, and the problems of

woman-mother-artist. On the picture “Everyday rituals” I show a woman in ordinary, ugly slippers, who wants to keep the right rhythm of duties.

The painting “Laocoon’s Group” shows a mother with her two children. The contemporary woman suffers from a permanent conflict of duties. In a multitude of activities, she constantly fights for her identity, to keep her work-life balance. The composition and expression of the painting “Laocoon’s Group” refers to the famous ancient sculpture of the same title.

I am the author of the idea of “MamArtist” (in polish: “MaMalarka”): a mother who struggles between art and everyday life. The works from the “MamArtist” series are everyday objects (a pan, a pot, a cutting board, etc.) as well as more traditional oil paintings. The objects which produce the background of our life. I withdrew them from everyday hustle, giving them a new meaning. An ordinary object became a noteworthy artifact, raised to the rank of the artwork.

I painted faces on them which are like the remorse of the contemporary woman, who suffers from the permanent conflict of duties. In a multitude of activities, she constantly fights for her identity. To keep her work-life balance. The face has an assigned value. It is separated from the body, and it is the matrix of thought. A mirror image of everyday rituals.

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