ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
June 15 – 30, 2022
Jowita Wyszomirska is an interdisciplinary artist working in drawing and large-scale installations. She received her BFA at Illinois State University and her MFA from the University of Maryland. Her work has been exhibited nationally in solo and two-person exhibitions. Some of her honors include residency fellowships at the Andy Warhol Preserve Artist in Residence program, Long Island, NY; Wrangell Artist Residency in McCarthy, Alaska, Jentel Foundation, Wyoming; Kimmel Harding Nelson Center for the Arts, Nebraska; and the International School of Painting, Drawing, and Sculpture, Italy. Wyszomirska’s work is represented by a DC-based gallery, Neptune & Brown, and has been included in many private, corporate, and institutional collections, with a recent acquisition by the Baltimore Museum of Art.
“The shore had a dual nature, changing with the swing of the tides, belonging now to the land, now to the sea,” writes Rachel Carson about the ever-changing edge between land and water. Working at the intersection of installation and drawing, I contemplate nature and our relationship to the environment, often highlighting grave ecological concerns. My work evolves from the context of observing moments at the periphery of our experience: A cloud casting a shadow as it crosses the sun, the ever-changing shoreline as land and water meet, the sensory experience of wind, the warmth of shimmering light touching the skin. To embrace the timelessness of these natural forces, I follow weather events and track regional weather patterns tracing movements of wind and notating its data. I use this data directly and intuitively to create mixed media works on paper on the region’s changing environment. Each piece starts with the cyanotype process made in collaboration with the landscape that leaves a physical inscription through direct contact with the sun, ocean water, sediment, and coastal plants. The process creates patterns and textures by plunging pre-coated light-sensitive paper into the water, where the salt, sand, and seaweed wash over it. By infusing the surface with the saline ocean water and permeating it with the sunlight, every piece accelerates the current environmental narrative.
Images courtesy of the artist
Jowita has been selected for the onsite parent artist residency. She will be awarded an additional stipend to help with the costs of bringing her family and a caregiver during her residency term. These additional funds are provided by a generous grant from the Sustainable Arts Foundation.