PAOLA CIARSKA

Casa Dolce Casa presents Paola Ciarska’s most recent series of paintings of increasingly creative and intense architectural spaces. Previously Paola’s small but intricate compositions combine elaborate, colourful interiors with enigmatic, often naked, women. These women, Paola’s “girls”, appeared as a nameless avatar that occupied and played within homes left temporarily vacant by their occupants. For this new series, wanting to connect with others at this time of isolation, Paola’s signature girls have been replaced by real women: friends and strangers responding to an Instagram call out to become part of her parallel world.

Paola’s paintings demand “close attention, and repeated looking unfolds strange new frissons and surprise details” (Daniel Culpan for ArtForum). However, the girls in these new works occupy the spaces in which Paola’s surreal games with scale and purpose are even more evident than before. Sofas that resemble giant hot dogs, tables made of oversized playing cards and a rug that looks like, or perhaps even is, a giant egg sit in strangely dimensioned rooms decorated with vast pop cultural murals. For such tiny works these games with scale emphasise their playfulness and potential, as well as the creative flow of their experimental and ambiguous symbolism.

As if inspired by the peculiar incongruity of the objects that surround them, these new visitors have become increasingly more creative with the space’s structure and strange reality: they let their arm dangle off the edge of a floor or stare through an invisible wall; they imitate poses from murals, repaint walls and paint a drooping penis as a stiff erection. Paola’s paintings have always represented the blend of our digital and physical homes and our private and public lives, but in these new works the nature of this mixture of reality and fantasy feels both spontaneously joyful and uncompromisingly real.

These new works will be on show in ‘Casa Dolce Casa’ at 22,48m2 in Paris until the 28 November 2020. Please click here for more details.  

Paola also does commissions in which your own home becomes the setting for her work. Email us on mail@imagemusictext.com for a catalogue!

Paola Ciarska was born in 1993 in Gdańsk, Poland. She participated in a talk entitled ‘Home Girls: An Evening of Women Redefining the Domestic Sphere’, organised by Contemporary Lynx at Calvert 22, London and features in the illustrated book ‘Off the Wall – Art of the Absurd’ published by Visionary. Her recent exhibitions include: ‘Gewoon Bijzonder (Extra Ordinary)’, a city wide group show with 38CC at Museum Paul Tetar van Elven, Delft (2019-2020); ‘I haven’t left the house in 5 days please send help’ at Galerie Emmanuel Hervé, Paris (2019); ‘Cześć, pani Ciarska’ at iMT Gallery, London (2018); ‘Worried Mother’, curated by MILK at Workplace Gallery, Gateshead (2016); ‘Feeling Safer’, curated by Mark Jackson at Brooklyn Fireproof, New York (2016); ‘Curious? Festival’ at Bamburgh House, Newcastle (2016); and ‘BRINK’ at Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, (2012).

She has completed a solo commission and exhibition with Ludovit Fulla Gallery of the Slovak National Gallery, a commission for the luxury travel brand Rimowa and presented a solo booth with iMT Gallery at Art Rotterdam in 2019. She recently exhibited in ‘Givin u coy givin u smize’ with Sadé Mica and Salut C’est Cool at iMT Gallery, London (2020). She has recently been reviewed in Art Forum, Candid Magazine, Contemporary Lynx and The Calvert Journal, and has work in the Hatton Gallery collection, UK. Paola is currently based in Gdańsk, Poland.

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Art Forum’s Critic’ Picks Review
Candid Magazine Review
Contemporary Lynx Review
The Calvert Journal Review
It’s Nice That Review

Painting by Paola Ciarska depicting women exploring their sexuality, amongst humorous pop culture references and quirky interior design.

LIFE AND THE PURSUIT OF PLEASURE #1
2020 | Gouache on board 12.5 x 12.5 cm
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Painting by Paola Ciarska depicting women exploring their sexuality, amongst humorous pop culture references and quirky interior design.

LIFE AND THE PURSUIT OF PLEASURE #2
2020 | Gouache on board 12.5 x 12.5 cm
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Painting by Paola Ciarska depicting women exploring their sexuality, amongst humorous pop culture references and quirky interior design.

LIFE AND THE PURSUIT OF PLEASURE #3
2020 | Gouache on board 12.5 x 12.5 cm
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LIFE AND THE PURSUIT OF PLEASURE
IN SITU AT 22,48m2

Painting by Paola Ciarska depicting women exploring their sexuality, amongst humorous pop culture references and quirky interior design.

UNTITLED
2020 | Gouache on board 19 x 13.5 cm
Unique
💎  AVAILABLE

 

Painting by Paola Ciarska depicting women exploring their sexuality, amongst humorous pop culture references and quirky interior design.

UNTITLED
2020 | Gouache on board 19 x 13.5 cm
Unique
💎  AVAILABLE

 

Painting by Paola Ciarska depicting women exploring their sexuality, amongst humorous pop culture references and quirky interior design.

UNTITLED
2019 | Gouache on board 19 x 13.5 cm
Unique

 

UNTITLED (COMMISSION)
2020 | Gouache on board 19 x 13.5 cm
W/ signature frame
Unique

 

UNTITLED
2019 | Gouache on board 18 x 12.5 cm
Unique
💎  AVAILABLE



UNTITLED (COMMISSION)
2019 | Gouache on board 18 x 12.5 cm
Unique

 

REDRUM (COMMISSION)
2019 | Gouache on board 18 x 12.5 cm
Unique

 

REDRUM (COMMISSION)
IN SITU

 

UNTITLED 
2019 | Gouache on board 18 x 12.5 cm
Unique

 

UNTITLED (COMMISSION)
2018 | Gouache on board 18 x 12.5 cm
Unique

 

UNTITLED (LUDOVIT FULLA GALLERY COMMISSION)
2018 | Gouache on board 18 x 12.5 cm
Unique