In the world of the selfie, Polish-born, Sydney-based artist Izabela Pluta’s work explores how photographs can be layered in meaning and tell a story long after the subject can.
Her photographic work looks at interpreting and re-conceptualising the function that images have in the present day life.
Negotiating the possibilities of how material forms comes together she draws largely on finding, fragmenting, translating and reconfiguring things that are photographed and found.
“As a migrant from Poland my dad brought with us a number of photos that held significance to him and the family,” Izabela said.
“Since then I have questioned the role of photographs both on face value and the meaning behind them.
“I don’t have a singular approach to my work but use a combination of photos taken on film, digital camera, drone and underwater along with photos I find to create my work.
“I say I gather photos and try to see if I can dig deeper to see just what I find. I love exploring how photos are temporary when the images stays forever.”
Izabela said the residency program offers her a chance to get out of the studio and think about her current art project in a different light.
“This residency has taken me away from my routine life and transported me into a new place,” she said.
“It is a great chance to focus on my art but also by using what is around me and in Port Macquarie I can get a different look at what I am trying to create.
“I love that when you look at a photograph it can transport you elsewhere and my work really tries to explore that and question why.”
After her week long residency in Port Macquarie Izabela will return to town in May 2019 for her exhibition at the Glasshouse.
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