Marta Kubiak is an artist who translates herexperiences in life to an extremely interesting graphic language. All the fearsand joys get transformed into scenes with figures of monsters taken out ofJapanese horror movies. The creatures accompanying the artist are an excuse totell stories which reveal the interpretation of reality and, and as a result,they lead to its familiarisation.
Marta Kubiak's works are created in the colourserigraph technique. The characteristic layered composition of the prints is aresult of overlaying several coats, from among which the first we first notice expressive, painterly records, under which we can recognise frames of pictures,illustrations, images processed by the artist. Each of the prints created has usually a few different colour versions with a different degree of coloursaturation, giving an impression of being manually painted up by the author.This technique allows emphasising another detail each time, giving it a newstatus of importance among the remaining elements in the composition.
A key to the author's multi-layeredimagination is her interest in the figures of movie monsters. They provoke fearand fascination at the same time. In human awareness, they function on theverge of reality and fantasy, emerging fears, dream phantoms, they are presentin fairy tales or in the film. Anotherhint for reading the works may also be their meaningful titles, although MartaKubiak clearly detracts from their importance, saying that they were onlyinspiration, a starting point for further search, a means of expression.
Not only is it worth while to have a close rlook at the colour experiments and transformations, but also at the ways in which the artist "tames" the monsters. We can find here a connection of two extremes – also characteristic of the poetic of dream: horror in the form of a monster, and clear, sharp colours, warming the image of the monsterand introducing a fairy tale-like element. Building subsequent compositions,the artist subjects her heroes to colour metamorphoses and builds an act of creation, leading herself and the viewer from invasion to the final combat,which may be understood as a gradual attempt to get rid of the burden,declaring war against it and getting even with it.
Marta Kubiak, born 1985 in Wrocław, studied atthe E. Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław at the Department of Printmaking and Media Arts. In 2009, she obtained her diploma in graphic design in thestudio led by Professor Eugeniusz Smoliński and graphic techniques in the Screenprinting Studio led byProfessor Christopher Nowicki andadj. Małgorzata Warlikowska. Since 2009,she is an assistant in the Screenprinting Studio led by Professor Christopher Nowicki and adj. Małgorzata Warlikowska.