The title of the exhibition refers to a phenomenon in which you can see the sound or hear the colour—associating sensory sensations between different cognitive pathways, a union of the senses. The works presented on the exhibition are mostly dedicated to hearing sensations and emotions they evoke. Abstract paintings are reflections of variety of stimuli, traces of the music, sounds of the environment, like a swoosh or a fuss. Jola Grabowska’s first works on the subject were made as a copper-plate printings when she was a student. Those were graphics entitled “Impulses.” As an important inspiration for the artist serves nature and its elements—fire, air and, mostly, water. The exhibition will consist of expressive and highly abstract-like landscapes, taking from weather phenomenons such as tempests, windstorms or volcanos. Even though the human silhouettes do not appear in the paintings, their nature and emotions are in the centre of attention of that art; in spirit of the understanding a man as a part of the nature and nature’s condition as informing us of ourselves. Just listen.

The presented collection is at the same time a follow-up of studying the mechanisms of our memory—the way we perceive, feel, remember and finally reminisce. That is the subject that I immersed myself into while studying in Torun. The emotional memory is a fusion of event memory and our emotions. Memories, because of the synthesis of sensations happening in the mind, build pictures, that—stripped out of primary context—become a new, autonomic form, that seem to have a life of their own. Interfusing elements of the paintings, sometimes obliterated, are put next to legible motives, which still do not allow us to identify place or time—like in the slivers of memory.

Jola Grabowska

The opening will take place March 22 at 17:00 in the Exhibition Hall of Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic (Odeska 1 Street). The entrance is free.

Jola Grabowska
She graduated from the Fine Arts Department at the Mikołaj Kopernik University of Torun (diploma of artistic printmaking, 2005). Born in Suwałki, linked to Podlasie (where she graduated from High School of Fine Arts in Supraśl). She is an active painter, graphic designer and photographer. She was publish in “Enigma” (no. 36, Warsaw 2016) or in Lithuanian “Baltas Kambarys” (no. 3, 2017). Only in 2018 she has taken part in more than 30 group exhibitions in Poland and abroad, mostly in Lithuania. She’s had over 10 individual exhibitions, e.g. in Gdansk, Vilnius or Brussels.