Klaudia Zolkos Urbanek
I grew up in a post-communist country Poland. Often as a child, I aimed to find objects abandoned by people or damaged by the natural environment. These things were not always attractive, but the beauty was to give them value through a huge child’s imagination which is a powerful mechanism for further artistic development. Now I express what I see in my work through the prism of my ordinary childhood. My creativity demonstrates inner emotions. Curiosity about life and appreciation for patterns written in social and ethnic behavior plays a large part; This is linked to the fact that I spent most of my adult life living in London, where I could observe, learn to be part of a community formed by a group of people from other continents, countries. Through the variety of cultures surrounding me, I was able to learn much about folklore. I understand that each of us perceives the world differently. Yet, together we can enjoy and appreciate differences between us by respect and understanding that we need each other as a part of this existence.
That’s why I constantly study and apply universal elements frequently appearing in the art and cultures of countries such as Japan, India, Italy, Romania, Croatia, and Slovakia.
Significant symbolism for me is the colors that represent energy and internal balance. Pigments are the foundation because they reflect the emotions I feel while painting or creating. They represent the stages of my complexity as an artist. I think that I should communicate my passions through colors.