PAOLA CIARSKA

Paola Ciarska’s core practice involves small-scale figurative paintings of her “girls”, lounging in vacated homes, posing, smoking, working on laptops, checking Facebook, and streaming images to unknown contacts in the outside world.  They are often surrounded by artworks, Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’, or Dora Maar’s portrait of Picasso, domestic assemblages and images from popular culture, as well as paraphernalia from the worlds of BDSM, camgirls (female webcam performers) and lifecasters.

Paola’s works are often painted as a form of tribute to real rooms and the lives of those who live in them, visiting private houses to collect photographs of things cherished by their owners. Intimate and beautifully crafted to depict complex juxtapositions of art, clothes, pop-culture and technology, they describe an explicitly human present: real homes connected through online networks.

She recently 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 ‘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 recently completed a solo commission and exhibition with Ludovit Fulla Gallery of the Slovak National Gallery and a commission for the luxury travel brand Rimowa. She is currently showing in a group exhibition with 38CC at Museum Paul Tetar van Elven, Delft until 16 February 2020 and in ‘Givin u coy givin u smize’ at iMT Gallery until 22 March 2020. She has a solo show at Zeller van Almsick, Vienna launching in May 2020 #watchthisspace. Paola has work in the Hatton Gallery collection.

Paola lives and works in Gateshead.

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Untitled, 2019
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Untitled, 2019
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REDRUM, 2019 (commission)
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Untitled, 2019
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15 × 10 cm 
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Untitled, 2019
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18 × 12.5 cm 
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Untitled, 2017
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18 × 12.5 cm 
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Untitled, 2017
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18 × 12.5 cm 
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Untitled, 2017
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18 × 12.5 cm 
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Untitled, 2018
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18 × 12.5 cm 
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Untitled, 2017
Gouache on board
18 × 12.5 cm 
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Untitled, 2018
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18 × 12.5 cm 
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Untitled, 2018 
(MTV Cribs Series – Mariah Carey)
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18 x 12.5 cm
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Untitled, 2018
Gouache on board
18 × 12.5 cm 
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Untitled, 2018  
(Ludovit Fulla Gallery Commission)
Gouache on board
18 × 12.5 cm 

Unique