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Alicja Strzyzynska

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US$ 6,500

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2020

Material: Other

Unique Item

Dimensions: 100cm (H) x 60cm (W) x 12cm (D) / 39.4" (H) x 23.6" (W) x 4.7" (D)

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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The Longing Lamp is initially cast in plaster and then carved by hand and sealed with matt varnish. The inner part of the artwork is illuminated by two hidden, dimmable LED lights.

The Longing Lamp is a part of a limited collection of unique handmade pieces creating contemporary collectible design. The presented objects are an attempt at a dialogue between the essence of fine art and the functionality of design, to create intimate objects which bring humans closer to nature.

The forms of the lamps are the result of the intuitive approach of modernist philosopher Henri Bergson. In his methodology, intuition is a product of our organism and, thus, of nature, contributing to the primal human senses being understood. Built pieces are made of organic, abstract shapes that seem recognizable even though they have never been seen before. They engage with the senses on a primal level.
The collection is made of pigmented plaster while experimenting with traditional carving techniques to create distinct finishes. Using this method, I was able to create textures similar to natural patterns, which are diverse and unpredictable.

While constructing the lamps, the primary material used in the collection being light, the glow guided me to develop a complementary form. It helped me how to shape and showed me what form the objects will take. By using the direction and spread of light, I was able to enhance the structure of the forms.
The fundamental mission of the collection is not to illuminate but to create an atmosphere with substance. The light coming out of the art piece, similar to a fireplace, is meant to provide a sense of calm as well as bringing a sense of energy and heat. The aim is to discover light’s friendlier aspects and to experiment with its possibilities.

The lamps, being constructed using only traditional hand-crafted methods are a form of a demonstration against industrialization and mass production. The topic is chosen in contemplation to engage humans with a biomorphic abstraction which in turn creates a sense of association with the core of nature. The achieved connection is meant to strengthen our comprehension by directing our senses towards natural abstraction.

The idea was born after deciding to reconnect with my family and my grandfather – a sculptor artist. Learning to sculpt and being a designer compelled me to combine these two mediums and use their best values. Experimenting with the functionality of sculpture and the meaning of furniture led me to create the collection, living forms.

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Artist Profile

Born: 1988

Hometown: Grudziądz

Based in: Amsterdam

Alicja Strzyzynska is a Polish Designer and Artist based in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

LIVING FORMS is a limited collection of unique handmade pieces creating contemporary collectible design. The presented objects are an attempt at dialogue between the essence of fine art and the functionality of design in order to create intimate objects that bring us closer to nature.

"The idea was born after deciding to reconnect with my roots and grandfather – sculptor artist. Learning to sculpt and being a designer obliged me to combine these two issues and use their best values. Experimenting with the functionality of sculpture and the meaning of furniture."


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