Julia Michiewicz - b.1997 Warsaw, Poland. Studio holder at Assembly House in Leeds, West Yorkshire  

Although my practice has been, for the past few years, primarily focused on photography, moving to the North of England in late 2019 prompted my rediscovery of painting. Whilst I continue exploring the notion of documentary through photographing, painting became an extension of my photographic body of work. Being a newcomer in Yorkshire reinforced my feelings of isolation, displacement and solitude, combined with my conflicted cultural and national identity, I felt an immense pressure to investigate those concepts further. The flat, simplified characters caught up in bizarre scenes, that I paint mostly in pastel colours, are an attempt to comprehend by simplification. This iconographic representation is inspired by photographs documenting social and political events in Poland and my reconstructive photos of actions and rituals I miss about my home and culture. Attempting to decode those, now almost foreign and unclear narratives and sentiments, I engage in a long process of analysing the source documentations, hand drawing a simplified versions of them, sketching digital mock versions and finally painting them. Yet, this extensive and prolonged procedure instead of demystifying seems to complicate the already convoluted reality even further. 


Education 

Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts - University of Oxford (2019)

Short Course in Human Anatomy - University of Oxford (2015)

Short Course in Mixed Media Painting - University of the Arts London (2015) 

Short Course in Design - Nuova Academia di Belle Arti (2014) 



Exhibitions 

2020

19+1  an exhibition of Ruskin School of Art 2019 alumni (Upcoming)

2019 

Ruskin Finals Show 

Ensemble Fictions, Sylvie’s, Oxford

An Insight, St.Catherine’s College, Oxford 


2018

Ruskin Summer Show 

Ruskin Shorts at Modern Art Oxford 


2017

Ruskin Prelims Show


Prizes

Egerton Coghill Landscape Prize - Winner 2018 

Using Format