Opening Reception: Second Saturday, August 12, 2017 | 7pm - 10pm
In this series, Pawlowicz paints portraits of intoxicating plants. The style of her work is a type of magical realism where space is flat with an idiosyncratic perspective, and with images that are swallowed up by neon colored fields. Symbolically, she is exploring the condition and temperament of the human mind and the effects of how a small amount of venom (or corruption) creates abnormal states of tension.
Of this work, Pawlowicz writes: “Fundamental beliefs and attitudes are greatly influenced by the people we allow into our lives. These people are some of the most powerful factors in determining who we become and what we accomplish in our lives. Cultural toxicity can enigmatically and invisibly spread contaminating our thoughts and actions. I explore this toxicity through my plant portraits which are seductive and fanciful yet fatal.
These portraits metaphorically alter or plant seductive seeds, spawning the growth of potentially dangerous ideology in our society. Alter means ‘to change’, to modify and to adapt to a new purpose. Conversely, alter means creating essential differences slowly amounting to a loss of identity. Some people choose to live a life of escapism where the ultimate goal is to avoid spending time with ourselves and other human beings. Facebook, TV, email, video games, drugs, and alcohol lower our need for meaningful thought and relationships. This intoxication becomes an easy escape and reduces our ability to create a society of mindfulness, personal responsibility and hope for a peaceful existence.”