ALEKSANDRA WALISZEWSKA / 5 PAINTERS TO KNOW FROM NADA MIAMI 2017 / LONEY ABRAMS

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“Here we have another Polish artist underknown in the States, but in her home country she as a cult-like following (her fan page on Facebook has close to 88,000 followers.) Two films have been “visually inspired” by her work, most recently The Lure, a “folkloric Polish musical sex-comedy horror movie,” according to the New York Times. Waliszewska’s drawings are equal parts René Magritte, Wednesday from the Adam’s Family, illustrator Edward Gorey, and Witchhouse album cover—full of cats, nude girls in he woods, bloody guts, and some mystic beasts which may or may not be penetrating said nude girls in the woods. Waliszewska approapriates the horror elements of fairy tales, and adds some sexuality and innocence, LETO’s booth attendant tells me. He also adds that the artist prefers the printed page over the white wall, and restricts the number of exhibitions and available works to a small numbe per year, instead focusing on producing books (the DESTE Foundation in Athens recently published one.) This alabaster, resin, and pigment relief work represents a new direction for the artist, who recently began sculpting as a way to reconnect with her family’s routes—both her parents and her grandmother were sculptors, and her grandmother’s equestrian sculptures can be found all over Warsaw’s public squares.”