Ewa Boguszewska - Visual Artist

Ewa, can you introduce yourself, please?

Of course. I consider myself a bit of a nomad painter. Recently, I started my private experimental project of unfolding my creative practice in London but being in an in-between status: no longer a tourist, but not yet a resident.

Can you tell us a bit about your journey as an artist? 

My journey began with analogue photography in my early teens. My dad gave me his old camera, and I started exploring my surroundings on black-and-white film. I spent many nights in our kitchen-turned-darkroom, mesmerized as images slowly emerged from the light during the developing process. In high school, my main course was wooden sculpture. It was a new adventure to work on emerging images from firm, natural pieces of material with their vivid scent and strong structure. My attention shifted to painting when I experimented with oil technique. One of the professors encouraged me to study painting instead of photography at Abakanowicz University of Art in Poznan, and it was a decision I've never regret.

What inspired you to pursue a career in painting?

I suppose I never thought of it as a career. After finishing my studies, I simply knew I had to continue my practice. Even while working in an office as a graphic designer, I felt and essential need to carve out space and time for painting. Being connected to physical, raw materials - not only digital files - was crucial for me. It was an integral part of experiencing the present and thinking through painting. I participate in exhibitions, festivals, and have decided to further my education along the way.

Your artwork is truly captivating and unique. How would you describe your artistic style and the themes you explore in your paintings?

My art could be described as post-conceptual painting. What I explore the most in my practice is the theme of light - its substance as physical matter, so intangible and elusive at the same time. Also, the state of transition - from destruction to creation. In recent years, I have focused on researching the material of ash and gold as well as natural pigments.

Ewa, you are not only a remarkable artist but also an inspiring woman, kind and giving. What advice do you have for young girls and women who want to embark on their artistic journey?

Thank you for these kind words. My teacher used to say ‘don’t be afraid of ruining your work’. I think the best what we can do is staying curious, experiment, and don’t be afraid of making the mistakes. Too much pressure kills our creativity.

What does living well mean to you?

I think I can sum it up with the thought, “Love your neighbour as yourself”.

Finally, what is your self-care ritual?

I recharge by rock climbing and stretching, being in nature, and practicing gratitude. Also, surrounding myself with music as well as scents like your blend of essential oils Just Breathe. I keep it always at hand.