Title: Freedom from Fear
Dimensions: widht: 140cm, height: 100cm
Notes: permanent markers on paper
Country: Poland


Alicja Kozanecka was born in 1952 in Poland. She holds a degree in economics, but the need for artistic expression has accompanied her since childhood. She started to fulfill this need in 2010, by creating a series of graphics depicting women’s faces. The series called „Portraits of Women in Permanent-Marker “ was showcased in 2013 in Poland.


In her works, Alicja mostly uses permanent markers, as she enjoys the rich, vibrant and highly expressive colour of ink. In their favour, she gave up paint with its endless possibilities of colour blending and gradation. One-dimensional colour of ink seems only apparently limited. It actually opened up Alicja’s imagination for other methods of colour shading. She achieves shades by combinations of lines, points, signs, different figures and shapes. „There are certain things, that are better expressed without words. Dots, dashes and lines which without a single letter, can tell a story, one’s fate or grasp a fleeting emotion”.The work „Freedom from Fear” is a celebration of Alicja’s admiration for a Tibetan saying: „If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it. If you cannot, then there is no need to worry. “ So much of our suffering is caused by fear. Those who try to transform their way of thinking, might be able to overcome their troubled emotions, achieve a sense of inner peace and see „new windows of opportunities“.

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