Wassefall (2014)

Malgosia Jankowska

Watercolor and ink on paper


70 x 100 cm
Unique piece
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About the artist

Malgosia Jankowska, originally from Poland, currently lives and works in Berlin. Her work, created with impeccable technique, transports the viewer to a world where nature and man coexist in harmony. A good example of this is her work Regenwald (2021).

However, in most of her works, the calmness that the environment transmits seems to be threatened by the appearance of insects and snakes on a larger scale.

According to the artist, they represent the constant danger that threatens peace, highlighting the fragile balance of our humanity.

At the opposite pole, children represent the most innocent and naive part of civilization, the hope for a better world.

Jankowska constructs her works with translucent and highly pigmented variations of watercolors and black, blue and red inks. Each image is carefully nuanced and shaded playing with tones to create a sharp and subtle effect.

The artist uses a fine brush to define the topography, huts and graceful trees. These elements are illustrated with many details, while her characters are quirky figures that blur and fade among nature, as seen in Regenwald.

Each figure or group of people is almost hidden and masked by the beautiful landscape, highlighting not only the pleasure of solitude, but also the psychological power of natural landscapes.

Jankowska builds the breadth and depth of her works with her clever use of ink tone, giving her illustrations an evocative and haunting atmosphere, where each piece captures a similar scene but an isolated story.

There is a strangeness to each work that captivates the viewer and challenges them to reflect on the story and the mysterious site apparent on the canvas.