The subjects in Joanna Bryniarska's paintings are snapshots from her family's previously hidden past. Of Polish descent, Bryniarska has inherited the typical survival trait of hoarding. It is an obsession that has been born out of her quest to understand an underlying sense of displacement and search for identity that is part of the fabric of family relationships. Featuring children, the subject matter is highly emotive and personal to Bryniarska, but the figures seem distant and dislocated from their surroundings; intriguingly in one a girl awkwardly holds a dead goose during the family holiday to Italy. The scale of the work creates an intimacy, which is partially denied by the distortion to the bewildered faces that don't quite meet your eye.
Project Room was launched in 1995 and continued until 2006 as an experimental project space.
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