About the Artist
Kamila Anna Wojciechowicz-Krauze – Artist Statement
“Shakespeare said that art is a mirror held up to nature. This is your nature, and all of these wonderful poetic images of mythology are referring to something in you. When your mind is trapped by the image out there so that you never make the reference to yourself, you have misread the image.” ― Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth.
Looking back, everything started with J. Campbell, one of my favorite philosophers. He inspired me to create illustrations, connected to myths from different parts of the world. Most of my work is deeply rooted in classic European art, especially Bosch, Dürer and Piranesi. I’m passionate about the history of art, ballet, opera and draw inspiration from old graphics and costume designs. I am also influenced by XXth century artists, such as L. Carrington, M. Chagall, J. Wilkoń, and S. Delaunay.
Why do I create art? It would be cliché to say that it is the sole purpose of my life. But in fact, it is one of the most important aspects of my existence, apart for family and friends.
My works differ in size and media. I like to experiment a great deal with various techniques, such as collage, colorful inks and tissue paper. I love linear work, but I’m also passionate about color, and P. Klee, H. Matisse and O. Hajek are my experts in terms of color relations. My main objective in illustration is to achieve a perfect combination of masterful linear work and the simplicity of saturated colors. That is why I use collage in my works and saturated colored inks to add some freshness to the vintage drawings.
The first crucial art project I completed was my Visuals Arts MA project, Setting the Stage. It was a collection of 4 graphics, depicting theatre stages inspired by H. Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, operas such as Don Giovanni, The Rake’s Progress and Faust. Another important art project I completed was The Bestiary-4 graphics depicting creatures described by Borges in his Book on Imaginary Beings and the Slavic Bestiary: 8 graphics depicting characters from well-known tales & forgotten folklore, popular in Central & Eastern Europe.
Born in Fitzroy, Australia, now lives in Warsaw, Poland. From 2009-2014, she has cooperated with the cat monthly magazine “Kocie Sprawy”, creating images to stories written by Tomasz Solarewicz “Confessions of a cat bandit”. At the age of 19, she illustrated a book by Piotr Frączak, “The Adventures of Anatol F.” published in 2009 by Kooperatywa Pozarządowa. In 2013, she finished her BA at the Graphics Department at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. In 2015, she received her MA degree with a Distinction from Illustration, at Camberwell College of Arts. In October 2015, she won the 7th edition of Con/Corso Buenos Aires in Milan for her series “Setting the Stage”, and “Salamander” from the “Bestiary” series. In the same month, she had her first solo exhibition “Fantasmagorie” at the Gallery Parę Osób. She participated in the most prestigious art festival in Poland, Art Fresh Festival, twice. She was awarded four times by the 3×3 Magazine of Contemporary Illustration, based in NYC (2 Honourable Mentions and 3 Merits) from 2015-2021. In 2016, she won 2nd prize in the art competition „Generation of Young Artists”. In 2017 she was selected to participate at the Art Next Expo in Hong Kong, China. In 2018 she had her individual show at the Polish Institute of Arts and Sciences of America (PIASA) in New York and painted a mural in Brooklyn. Her graphics and paintings have been appreciated all over the world and are owned by private collectors in countries such as: UK, USA, Poland, Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, China and many more. She has created 127 illustrations for the book “The Wind in the Willows” for Beijing Double Spiral Culture&Exchange Company Ltd. In March 2022 she had her first NFTs published from the series “Paradise Settings: Angels and Islands”.
NFT profile: https://www.eastnft.com/artist-detail/d9a1f8e4-1ab2-471d-906e-642510b6ee8d