Paulina Bereza, False Memory 2, 2021
Handwoven Polyester, Wool, Silk, Steel, 25 x 70 x 10 inches (63.5 x 78 x 25.5 cm)
False Memory 2
The series of works entitled False Memory speak to concepts of recollection in relation to the passage of time. Drawing from urban landscapes, the work False Memory 2 combines images of spaces near and far, evoking a dialogue between the past, present and the future.
Rooted in hereditary rural craft practices, the cloth has been hand woven mimicking techniques used by eastern European artisans throughout the generations in order to create flat woven Kilim rugs. A personal collection of photographs has been superimposed by sublimation printing in a non-linear way, creating an abstract space that merges different time lines and spaces into one new dimension. The steel support conjures ideas surrounding industrialization, automation and artificial intelligence, creating a contrast between the handmade and the machine-made.
Within my art practice, I explore my identity as a Polish-Canadian immigrant through hybrid craft techniques. While honouring my heritage, I recontextualize rural craft practices in order to investigate concepts of displacement, time, origins, and privacy within contemporary societies. My practice includes weaving, as well as hand-building with clay, concrete and steel. The inherent qualities of matter inform my work, rooting through a decolonized approach to the history of arts & crafts. Considering time in a non-linear way, I attempt to transcend the past and the future in order to explore the choices of the present.
Paulina Bereza is a Polish born, Montreal based fibre artist and designer. She is currently enrolled at Concordia University, in her final year as a Major in Fibre and Material practices. Her main concerns lie within topics of immigration, displacement and memory. The inherent qualities of matter are at the centerfold of her woven and sculptural works.