Images look almost unreal and might almost make us think they are computer generated. Perfection of the grain of skin is accentuated by the finesse of the print on phot paper. Each portrait and represented part pf the body belongs to the artist. These images result from long performances where the artist has applied on her skin materials like warm wax, beauty masks, tissues or plaster. There is a sacrificial side to this set, as if it aimed to denounce the permanent quest of perfection, sending us back to the origins of the phrase “one must suffer if one wants to be beautiful”. We then think of the harebrained machines to loose weight, or to the tissue masks used in the beauty institutes, at the limits of the asphyxia of the client.
Selection of texts and interviews on the series “Votive Figure” Marta Zgierska
Text by Kamila Dworniczak, Afterbeauty, “Arteon”, Poznań, Poland, Juin 2019 [PL]
Text by Laura Gowen, artgenève, Gowen Contemporary, Geneva, Switzerland, Janvier 2019 [FR] [EN]