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Kristina Bieganski


Kristina Bieganski

Kristina Bieganski

Paint, Sculpture, Ceramic, Textile, Installation, Photography

Devon
United Kingdom


Galleries

  • RED PROPELLER GALLERY, Loddiswell
wax babies

wax babies

Wax Mix media wall piece. Photo only shows half. Acturally has a strip of four wax babies
Available exclusively through Red Propeller Gallery
www.redpropeller.co.uk

Wax
68cm x 8cm x 4cm

Statement

The inspiration for imy work is my own background and origins. My parents came to this country after World War 2 as DP’s (displaced people or refugees) from Poland. They made good here. Their fascinating separate stories of survival under bizarre and extreme circumstances has inspired and shaped the look of my work. There is always a new story I haven’t heard before. I have also spent a considerable part of my life in Malta which has been influential visually, particularly the very ornate and extreme catholic church imagery aswell as the simplicity of the prehistoric temples. My visits to Poland and the Soviet Union have also inspired me in terms of the austere architecture and graphics. Whenever I travel I gravitate towards buying kitch toys and religious cheap artifacts. I have a great interest in belief systems whether they be political , religious, scientific or made up. The appearance of my work is reminiscent of post bomb blast or dereliction. Found objects, scraps of life, memorabilia, burnt, fused, melted, new juxtapositions of unrelated objects, photos, graphics the worthless, the collectable, the priceless. New entities, memories and emotions are created. I combine traditional techniques with invented ones using a combination of unexpected materials such as wax, stitch work, sacking, plaster casting and burnt paper with photography and oil paint and guilt frames. There is an element of happy accidents. I stand up for art which embroils itself in everyday nonsense whether it’s my own or universal. I frame all my own work as a complete finished piece and do my own ornamental gesso relief. My works are all one off unique pieces of art. CERAMICS Since 2006 I have begun to explore the realms of ceramics & have found its experimental nature extremely engaging. The medium in itself has very much consolidated all my previous interests & fascinations & fused them into one material which satisfies my desire for unexpected results. Its quality, weight & texture has lent itself to new themes in my work such as armour, headresses & helmets aswell as collage. I have also developed a commercial range of dinner service called 'GypsyWare' (check website for details) whose design reflects my interest in collage and textiles ART HISTORY I have given extensive slide show presentations on varoious aspects of Modern art history( Red Propeller gallery & Exeter Phoenix art centre ) and have also taught the subject in adult education.

Biography

1963Born in Watford of Polish parentage. Influenced by extraordinary stories of survival during World War 2 from parents and relatives and how they came to settle in this country.
1986BA (Hons) degree in Art History, Thames Valley University, London.
1986-1990Creator of past partnership of Baroque Plasterware Company of London’s Portobello and Camden. Worked on various shop fittings and dispalys in london. Celebrity customers included Robert Plant, Eurythmics and Psychodelic Furs.
1990Worked on an MTV publicity trailer
1990-1996Extensive gallery work with British and continental collections At Woburn Fine Arts, Bucks.
1996Her work appeared on Japanese TV
1996Moved from London to Totnes. Has produced works of art for 18 years. Has been surrounded by art collections and artists all her life.
Past Work Includes:Oil painting restoration, traditional ornamental framemaking, plastercasting and mould making.
1996-2002Creator of Dog-Tag Design T-Shirt Company. Designs appeared extensively on TV worn by Asian Dub Foundation and CBBC Presenter Dominic Wood.
2000-2006UV backdrops currently used by Messenger Sound System in Devon and London-based Gattacca Club.
Has run banner & graffiti painting workshops for teenagers at Pulse Youth Project in Totnes.
Has run plaster casting workshops for children and adults.
Teaches Modern Art History courses for the WEA.
Has organized group art exhibitions in her area to promote herself & other artists: the Primates Group and Independent Collective.
Has various press cuttings and video clips of her work in different contexts.
2007Art History Slide show presentations at the Red Propeller Gallery , Kingsbridge. Devon. Once a month
2007september start MODERN ART HISTORY slide show presentations at the Exeter phoenix arts centre.
2007art history and art lessons for foreign languge students at the totnes school of English
2006-2007SUCESSFUL INTRODUCTION INTO THE WORLD OF CERAMICS - SETTING UP STUDIO
2007STARTING TO EXPERIMENT WITH ANIMATION AND FILM MEDIA
2007EXPERIMENTING WITH PERFORMANCE ART AND PROJECTIONS. PERFORMANCES AT THE SURREAL SALOON - EXETER PHOENIX CONTEMPORY ARTS CENTRE.
2008GYPSYWARE DINNER SET is developed. twice first prize Silver cup winner
Ornamental plaster casting oil painting restoration Gesso frame restoration and construction Creator of Dog-Tag Design T-Shirt Co. (www.dogtag.ukf.net) currently studying ceramics Modern art history degree - also teaches ART HISTORY SLIDE SHOW PRESENTATIONS AT THE RED PROPELLER GALLERY ONCE A MONTH. IN 2007-2008 ART HISTORY SLIDE SHOWS AT THE EXETER PHOENIX ARTS CENTRE