Herd / Stado by Karolina Bielawska
Drawings, paintings, and text by Karolina Bielawska
“Do your paintings ever begin as drawings?”
“Yes,” replied the painter. “Always.”
In Herd / Stado, artist Karolina Bielawska reveals the endoskeleton and interstices of her painting practice, tracing the fricative flow of process from rarely seen works on paper through to finished, large-scale acrylic and bitumen canvases.
Designed by Damian Nowak, Herd / Stado materialized by way of Bielawska’s studio in Warsaw, its table rich in gleanings with piles of thick sketchbooks and scissored sheaves of small pencil drawings awaiting the artist’s jigsaw curiosity and persistence.
Bielawska is an intuitively exacting painter and constructor of sweeping assemblages: configurations of oversize canvases (the titular “herd”) fluidly scaling to the space in which they appear. They originate, however, as relative scraps on a tabletop, germinal figures uncoiling a centimeter at a time, never meant to advance beyond the atelier windowsill. The artist bends to them with the nearsighted focus of the quilter.
In a sequence of nine capsule texts detailing her process, Bielawska probes the doubt and discomfort of the development stage, from agitation to abrasion. Until all at once an updraft—elevation—provides aerial confirmation of the herd massing on the horizon. Thrilling to the core.
Hear Karolina Bielawska read her capsule texts from Herd / Stado in the original Polish.
Edition of 400
Bilingual English/Polish edition
84 pages plus fold-out, 12×15.5 cm, color offset, Swiss binding
Printed on Arctic Munken Pure Rough 120 and Remake Oyster 200
Designed by Damian Nowak
Introduction by Ewa Borysiewicz and Stefan Lorenzutti