Ismena Halkiewicz

Artist Statement

I am certainly not original when I say that the act of creating, be it a poem or a painting, is paramount to a confession. If one wants to tell a truth about oneself, at times rather painful, it is necessary to overcome one's embarrassment and to expose the innermost self, sometimes to ridicule, for that is the price authenticity demands. Artistic creativity can be likened to exhibitionism, something I had to become aware of from the very beginning when choosing art as a path in my existence - the end justifies the means! As a child I tried to depict the diferent "me" with coloring crayons and very early on discovered that I was able to paint almost anything. By "anything" I mean not only things that are real but also abstract feelings such as love, joy or loneliness. For the final effect, I have to "temper" my emotions to maintain the rigor of composition in which my guides are also the mastery of the light spatial constructions of Picasso and Klee. Not less important for me is a chiaroscuro which not only builds a dimension but also creates a desirable atmosphere and here the highest master for me is and always will be Rembrandt. I can say that it is great luck to be an heiress of all these magnificent artists, for their richness is unlimited and I can derive and benefit from it to my heart's content and create my next "children" in the joyful act of painting.

Nie jestem zapewne odkrywcza mowiac, ze akt tworczy - napisanie wiersza czy namalowanie obrazu - to niemal czynienie spowiedzi. Aby powiedziec prawde o sobie, nierzadko bolesna, musisz przy tym wyzbyc sie wstydu, obnazyc swa dusze,czasem wrecz osmieszyc, bo taka jest cena autentycznego "wyznania". Akt tworzenia ma wiec w sobie wiele z ekshibicjonizmu, co musialam zalozyc od samego poczatku wybierajac sztuke jako ses istnienia-cel uswieca srodki! Od wczesnego dziecinstwa swoje inne "Ja" wymalowywalam w samotnosci kolorowymi kredkami, aby dosc szybko pojac, ze wlasciwie to moge namalowac wszystko. Przez "wszystko" rozumiem tutaj nie tylko realna rzeczywistosc ile abstrakcyjne uczucia - milosc, radosc lub samotnosc. Moje emocje czy pasje inspirujace kolejne plotna "temperuje" jednakze rygor kompozycji, w czym najblizsi sa mi Picasso i Klee z ich lekka konstrukcja przestrzenna. Rownie wazny jest dla mnie swiatlocien, nie tylko budujacy bryly ale pomagajacy takze stworzyc konieczna atmosfere, w czym niedosciglym mistrzem bedzie dla mnie zawsze Rembrandt. Moge powiedziec, ze to duze szczescie czuc sie dziedziczka tych wszystkich wielkich artystow gdyz ich bogactwo jest nieograniczone i moge z niego czerpac do woli tworzac swoje kolejne "dzieci" w radosnym akcie malowania.

Ismena Halkiewicz was born in Poland and is a graduate of the Fine Arts Academy in Cracow, Poland. From 1991 to 1992 she attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg, Germany. Exhibits of her work include the following:

Individual
1987 - International Book and Press Club, Bielsko-Biala, Poland
1990 - Town Hall Art Gallery, Larnaka, Cyprus
1991 - Gallery of Three Paintings, ASP, Cracow, Poland
1992 - Gallery "Gole Niebo", Cracow, Poland
1994 - Jazz Club "U Muniaka", Cracow, Poland
1996 - Jazz Club "U Muniaka", Cracow, Poland
1999 - Jazz Club "U Muniaka", Cracow, Poland
2000 - Art Nights, Europa Club Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2001 - Consulate General of Poland, NYC
2002 - Art for Healing Gallery Center, NYC
2003 - Private residence, Riverdale, NY

Group
1989 - Exhibition of art donated bt the graduates and professors from the High School of Art, Bielsko-Biala, Poland
1991 - "Nienazwane" - Polish National Review of Student Graphics, Cracow, Poland
1994 - Spring Salon of Art, Palace of Art, Cracow, Poland
1996 - Spring Salon of Art, Palace of Art, Cracow, Poland
1997 - Nuremberg - Cracow Exchange, Norisch Halle, Nuremberg, Germany
1997 - Nuremberg - Cracow Exchange, Arsenal, Cracow, Poland
1999 - International Chopin and Friends Festival, NYC
2000 - Connecticut Ballet Center, Stamford, CT
2000 - 2nd International Chopin and Friends Festival, NYC
2003 - Polish Cultural Festival in Greenpoint,NY
2003 - Art for Healing Gallery Center, NYC

Email Address: ismena@ismenadesign.com
Alternate Website: http://www.ismenadesign.com

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