Guest Artist Lecture :: Martynka Wawrzyniak


On Tuesday 11/24/15 artist Martynka Wawrzyniak came to LIU Post to speak & present to our class. Martynka gave a great time line based presentation about her work both past and present. She presented her work directly from her website. (There is much more to discover via her site so please further investigate when you can!)

Martynka led a group critique and spent time speaking with students that had presented a piece of their current work to the class.

Students can leave their reactions below in the comments section.

What did you think of Martynka’s work?

Do you have a favorite piece or project?

Do you resonate with her ideas? If so, how?

How do her initial ideas play a role in how her works will be presented and displayed?

You can contact Martynka via her website here.

3 thoughts on “Guest Artist Lecture :: Martynka Wawrzyniak

  1. I am not a conceptual artist and often have trouble understanding conceptual art however I thought Martynka’s work was incredible. I’m glad she shared her journey. I always find the evolution of an artist to be fascinating. Her work was thought provoking, very personal, and somewhat humorous although, I don’t know if that was the intention. I would like to have seen the comparative video between the european children and american children shooting her with ketchup. As the mother of 2 boys and a girl I know there is an innate violent way that boys can behave. I blame some…. much of it on parenting…allowing violent video games and tv shows at a very young age and not teaching respectful behavior. I guess what I found most disturbing was when Martynka appeared to be in pain or discomfort not one of them asked her if she was ok. I was fascinated by the “Smell of Me project” and thought it was hysterical that people wanted to buy her scent. I wonder what my reaction would be if I had tried the scent out and then found out what it was. I’m curious to find out if they told people what it actually was and if they did what the reaction was. Both that project and the drowning in chocolate project were almost like watching a train wreck exciting, scary, uncomfortable yet you can’t look away. I can’t wait to follow her upcoming project I hope that she gets the necessary funding and support to go forward. I love the way she put “Artists are really anthropologists!” She would be doing a wonderful tribute and service for the Greenpoint community.
    I enjoyed her critiques she was so enthusiastic and positive.

  2. I generally don’t communicate with conceptual arts very well. I am a visual person who response to colors, shapes, and lines very well. Even when I listen to musics or read books, I see colors and lines from melody, beats, and story.

    So, Martynka Wawrzyniak’s works were too dry to my taste. But I think she was true to herself how she felt and thought. I think that’s what art is all about.

    Being to truthful self requires self awareness and courage. One has to know oneself who she/he is to be truthful to self and has to be courageous to accept as whoever that person is and stand as naked.

    It is not a easy thing to do since everybody has been wrapped around with so many different layers while life goes on. Some people keep adding layers bit by bit until they die and some people try to peel off the layers that has given by their surroundings in their lives: by education, by social and cultural demending in physical and psychological ways, and so on.

    I think it is the artist job to get rid of this layers which trap people in a small box. Martynka Wawrzyniak is doing her job properly as an artist as just being herself and tries to be honest about it. That’s what I thought.

  3. I really enjoyed the presentation. Unlike most guests artists she never went for her MFA which is different to see and creates a very interesting perspective. I think the project she is working on now is truly unique and very thoughtful. The idea that it has a potential to be permanent and is something I believe most artist should think about. Her time spent thinking of concepts is what truly creates great work. Sometimes as a student you are always bombarded with the technical aspects so it was insipiring to hear from someone who is successfully basing their work strictly from a conceptual point of view.

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