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Joanna Buchowska

 

Berlin-based artist Joanna Buchowska is a master of paper collage. She draws from a huge archive of magazines from different decades and with very different content. The spectrum ranges from home and furnishing magazines to fashion magazines to National Geographic or architecture magazines. In a very unusual technique, she sometimes assembles entire building parts to create new buildings or uses elements in a completely different context, so that a room ceiling can become steps or green ladies’ pumps appear at first glance to be moss or lichen on a tree trunk. Black and white photos from the 50s or 60s can stand harmoniously next to photos from the 90s in one work and together form an exciting alien scenery. Her works have a high painterly quality. They almost seem like painting with paper and sometimes the paper scraps are directly complemented by small painterly interventions or the painting acts as a connecting element between different collaged photos.