Recently I took part in huge women protests in Poland. It was about anti-abortion law government is planning.
I felt times are dark, the place in my head I’m in right now is dark.
I just sketched whatever came to my mind.
Lately I was under the influence of tv serie The Stranger Things and some scandinavian illustrations.
So I’ve made (I think I’ll be making more of these) graphics that tell you “after dark story”.
When I was a kid I always believed in every legend creatures living in the woods, or under water, or up in the skies. I thought that even if we can’t see them, they are there, avoiding contact, having their own matters. This was so obvious, that many of times when I was alone, I prayed to them that they showed me themselves, promised that I wouldn’t tell anyone 🙂
Actually those are self-portraits. I watched last night “Seven” again, so in the morning I thought of making a saint of me. A very tired saint.
For a week I’m home alone with cats, with plenty of work to do, summer outside the window, thinking only how not to get out of the bed.
This is a very recent project, that I think will grow up.
I’m considering making it into a comic book.
These are my memories form childhood. We were really wild children. In the era without computers and many tv channels, we had to create our own worlds. Now it seems like a dream.
Gangs of kids, playing, fighting, with broken legs and arms, always dirty, always looking for adventure.
These illustrations are very subjective memories of 80’s and 90’s.
These drawings are not typical for me. Actually when I did them, I was in a very strange mood.
Overworked I went to short kind of vacations on the country side, where my parents have their summer house.
It’s a small village, I was there for couple of days all alone, just spending all days in hammock reading and evenings by the fireplace. I needed some kind of escape from noise, people, phones. I could get my connection to the internet only in one spot in the garden.
Perfect for a date with myself.
I found Moomins book on the attic, and under the influence of Tove Jansson I’ve made this short series.
Lost kids, children in some forgotten empty place, other world, some paralel reality. That was my state of tired mind at the moment.
I didn’t draw much, but it was enough to have some rest from the civilisation.
I present you some sketches that are very personal.
I like to remind myself vacations, nice weekends, time spent on the beach or in restaurant, by making this drawings. This is me and my girl.
For me it’s a form of a postcard, that stays with me years after trip and when I’m looking at it I feel summer, sand, wind, heat, taste of food and sound of music.
A little world with what’s important.
These are two drawings that I spontaneously draw while I was listening to Chet Baker.
Jazz music inspires me a lot, though I had to grow to enjoy it as I do now.
There are few things that at first are hard to experience, but when you’ll try again and again, they are most wonderful stuff.
Like dry wine. Like olives. Like espresso coffee. Abstract paintings. And Jazz.
This is very personal. Society usually oversexualizes same sex couples, people tend to think, speak, write, that the main topic there is sex.
But there is something much more intimate, much more human than just making love. Being with someone in bed, hugging, kissing, touching, feeling with someone natural, sleeping. There is nothing that makes two people that close as cuddling in the bed.
When you’re vulnerable, without make up, without fancy clothes, sometimes snoring, when you feel the real smell of each others skin.
These are private micro- worlds, safe bubbles that are reserved for two.
Where is the difference between heterosexual and homosexual couples? The visibility. Gay couples usually are not allowed to create this kind of intimacy in other places than their bedroom, behind closed courtains.
It pisses me of when I hear “it’s nobody’s business what you’re doing in your bedroom”. It is my business when you’re not allowing me to be close with the person I love in any other places.
We’re not talking about intercourse, about having sex in public. I’m telling about two bodies just being close, what is so natural when you love (or are attracted to) somebody.
My illustrations tell this story about intimate moments that are not necessary a moment of having sex. In apartament, in the bedroom, in bed.
So one day I thought about all the stereotypes that come with the same sex couples.
The truth is you see lesbians mostly in pornographic materials or as some kind of caricature of a woman (same way you imagine a feminist).
On one side we have complete sexualisation and vulgarisation of the subject, on the other.. well you know what I mean.
If you want’t to see some tasteful lesbian (or wider- homosexual) erotic pictures, drawings and so on, you really have to google it hard. On your way some nasty stuff can really rape your eyes.
So I wanted to show something different- INTIMACY. How you are with the other person when you’re close, you’re couple or a romance.
A kiss is something between spiritual world and sexual side of relationship.
So here it is. A kiss. So natural for heterosexual couple, so forbidden when it comes to public affection of homosexual women together.
Drawing these illustrations was a continuation of some other project, which I’ll show you later.