Justyna Dawidowicz was born in Poland in 1980. As an adolescent she immigrated to Montreal, Canada where she completed her diploma in Creative Arts at Dawson College in 2003 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Concordia University in 2006. Dawidowicz had numerous solo and group exhibits between 2004 and 2014 in Montreal's Belgo gallery, Art Mur, and VAV Gallery. Besides painting, Dawidowicz has been a productive zine maker and illustrator for several books done in collaboration with writers. She has exhibited for 10 consecutive years at Expozine, the largest zine fair in Canada.
Between 2006 and 2013, Dawidowicz worked at the Douglas Mental Health Institute providing the therapeutic benefits of art and curating several patient art exhibitions. During this experience Dawidowicz was greatly inspired by Outsider Art and the importance and joy of process-based art-making. After 20 years of living in Montreal, Dawidowicz moved to New York City in 2013 where she continues to spread the love of art-making, now in an Oncology hospital setting. Here she provides art at the hospital bedside and chemotherapy unit, while simultaneously continuing to develop her own body of work at a studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.
This body of work is inspired by the natural world and the ecological threats it is facing. Exploring the relationship between man and nature, this work depicts the tension between human efforts to tame and control nature and nature's persistent regeneration to reclaim its territory. The free-flowing ink forms represent the organic world contrasted against the symmetric and sharp-edged man-made shapes.
Some of the paintings bring our attention to the beauty of nature. The shapes evoke those of rocks, mountains, and cliffs while the colors evoke the ocean, sky and wind. Each image is isolated in the middle of a large, blank background to give it a sense of preciousness. Pieces of the Earth floating in space, perhaps a remote vision of an idyllic past, dimly remembered in a future world marred by ecological catastrophe.
With this work I aim to bring awareness to the exploitation of nature by humans, which eventually could lead to our self destruction should the blind pursuit of profit render the world uninhabitable.