I'am going outside
Marta Gender Abstract travel in nature
The everyday life of Basia Bańda focuses in the centre of Zielona Gora. Beacause of that, the artist fantasizes about life outside the city, near nature. She spends her free time cycling and on her allotment garden. While watching the new ,,I’m going outside” pieces we can experience this nice feeling of relaxation - almost as if we’re laying on the grasss on a warm summer day, squinting at the sky. It’s not a coincidence that the exhibition takes place during winter when we suffer from a lack of outdoor activites.
,,I’m going outside” is an exhibition influenced by experiencing nature. Both in a romantic sense-fantasizing about spending time outdoors, and literall sense- visually taking pleasure from exploring the charms of nature. In the cycle ,, Swieto Lasu” we can see afterimages shining through a black and white background - rays of sunshine and undefined, rounded shapes of nearby fauna and flora. In these images the forest appears as a very colourfull place, full of shimmering jewels of nature. Here and there, among the trees, we can spot outlines of odd woodland creatures, plants or mushrooms known from the artist’s previous work ( for example her watercolor cycles such as ,,Onomatopoeias”, ,,Nightmares”). However, these strange creatures on new paintings are yet more abstract.
Bańda treats the paysage with her typical freedom - in fact the whole exhibition consists of work devoted to nature and leisure activities , but instead of landscapes the artist shows off her personal stories and souvenirs.
These undefined blurs on ecoline replace the typical watercolor ,,views” and become a memory of the times spent ,,outside”. The titles “I’m not sleepy in the mountains”, “Go faster” bring back mountain hikes. “Fantasies about Boryń” is a dream about living close to nature, in a small village near Zielona Gora.
The cycle “Vitamins” closes our journey on the ”outside”. It’s commonly known that walks outdoors are very healthy, especially during winter when the cold nicely stings our cheeks.
This extremely diversed series of paintings, maintaining pastel colors, is the effect of the artist’s good times with this painting technique and gives her practice for the next works of art.