Agnieszka Gotowała: Crystal Abyss

Agnieszka Gotowała: Crystal Abyss
International Photography Grant 2020

Says Agnieszka: “Crystal Abyss” is long-term visual art project. I have realized it between the years 2017-2019. During this time I untertook the different stages of the project. I started it during Long Island Artist Residency in Averøya in Norway in 2017 and main implementation I realized in 2018 during Kunstnarhuset Messen Artist Residency in Ålvik in Norway. All initial photo realizations are made using analoque photography and 35mm films.

The project is related to the essence of searching for inner home and self in reference to the multidimensional relationship with nature. It’s a wandering thought permeating inside and nature spaces, which is coincided to the process of recovering self by transforming inner landscapes that have been appropriated again into parts of myself.

It started when some time ago during many visits in the woods I had the recurring feeling, that I exist fully only in the face of nature. Towards nature, I felt like I’m making revisits. I was searching for “in-situ” places, where there appear sublte union, indirectly related to refuge and I experienced nature in its various states and elements.

Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

Through being in the nature and experiencing it in different ways this multi-sensory participation in the landscapes made possible to see their echo inside. Observation of the complexity of the states of nature, all of its elements, it has become a guidepost in descent deep recognizing and reaching the hidden states, emotions and feelings inside me. I looked at these internal landscapes and recovering lost parts of myself, that have been appropriated in the past. The landscapes and their character had become the soul guides through my inner spaces. This deep and multidimentional relationship with the nature begun and initiated the self relation and transformation. Over there, I was finding, picking out lost parts and different aspects of myself and little by little acquainting them to let them grow to gather, connect and integrate. Significant meaning had the notion of symbiosis and autonomy, the place where is the boundary between the inside and outside.

In my realizations I’m both in pictures and taking photos. I was inspired by the concept of “crystal eye” – an eye that simultaneously looks outward and inward, allowing being in a space where it’s possible to experience different realities simultaneously.

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Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

Crystal Abyss © Agnieszka Gotowała

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International Photography Grant 2020