Zosia Szymanowska (b. 2001, Bydgoszcz, Poland) is a visual artist living and making work in Brighton, UK. Her work is predominantly within the photographic medium, specialising in black and white analogue processes and darkroom printing, however her practice extends onto a variety of different mediums including drawing, painting and bookmaking.
In her practice she uses a mixture of a diaristic and a performative approach to investigate her relationship with the passing of time, place and the natural environment as well as the all-encompassing connectedness of the living world. Equally important to her practice is the materiality of the photographic print, and her approach to analogue printing encompasses a variety of experimental techniques.
Her current project, entitled Place and Passing, focuses on impermanence as an intrinsic quality of nature. It explores ways in which we experience and respond to the shifting and transforming of landscape with the approach that ‘when we interact with the land, we are interacting with time, and we are becoming part of the change.’. The use of a performance combined with land art, sculpture and analogue printing on expired darkroom paper, builds an all encompassing response to a space created by the delicate balance of time and nature.
Time is the fading and the becoming of place.
Time is a gently balanced stack of rocks,
stilled, but waiting to tumble.
Time is a line carved into a stone.
Time is the moon pulling the tide,
then pushing it again.
Time is a cliff fall.
Time is white chalk traces on my palms,
ready to be washed off in the nearest pool of water.
Time is passing and time is change.