MAGAZINE

January 9th, 2020
Jesse Gussow


Artist Justyna Koziczak creates stunning dark and haunting landscapes. Straight from your dreams or perhaps even you nightmares. Her work is incredibly detailed, you could spend hours looking over the canvas seeing all the intricate details and work that she’s poured into each piece. The landscapes are larger than life and resonate well with the world that we all currently live in. Her painting are dark and mysterious places that overwhelm the imagination. Something most anyone can relate to haunting surreal works.
 

 

Where are you from?

I am from Wroclaw, Poland. Currently I live in London, UK.

 

 

How did you get started on art?

I like to think that I've always been drawing and painting but I started during studying conservation of ceramics and glass. There and then I tried different techniques of glass and ceramics making and also I had some drawing and painting classes - so I could finally learn how to do it properly. I really loved the restoration process, I wish I could do it again sometimes.

 

 

What’s the first memorable art experience?

It was when I was around 5 years old and I was in this big painting studio full of teenagers and adults painting. I remember my legs hanging too high for my stool and easel, I was sitting with my little apron and my hands painted in all colours.

 

 

What inspires you and what inspires your artwork?

Dreams, nature (especially desolated landscapes), life experiences, stupid stories from Internet.

 

 

What’s the worst job you’ve ever had? And why?

The worst one was working in a pub in London -  filling up pints of ale is the most boring thing to do for me.

 

 

How would you describe your artwork?

It's apocalyptic landscapes with a pinch of hope. Hauntingly real nightmare that occurs when you're awake.

 

 

What’s your favourite dinosaur?

Triceratops!

 

 

What is your process for creating a piece from start to finish?
 
Sometimes I start while dreaming, and I sketch it quickly after I wake up. Once I have my general idea for a painting, I sketch it on a canvas and then I apply paints. It always evolves while painting and I’ve never finished any painting exactly the same way as I originally imagined it. I love the last stages of the process - adding details, shadows and lights.

 

 

What is the best feedback you’ve received about your work?

'You depicted my soul in your painting, thank you for that'.

 

 

What do you find to be the biggest challenge as an artist today?

The biggest challenge I face is finding art collectors and other potential buyers. It's quite hard to stand out in the sea of millions of visual artists.

 

 

If you could have a studio anywhere, where would it be?

South of Italy, with the sea nearby or somewhere hidden in polish mountains.

 

 

Is there an aspect in art that you wish your were more proficient at?

Writing emails, proposals and artist's statements. It's not maybe an aspect of art but it is quite important for being an artist nowadays.

 


If you could create album art for a band which band would it be?

Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin.

 

 

Do you prefer Oreo or Fudgee-O cookies?

I am a savoury person, wouldn't mind some crisps.

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