Institute of Art Design + Technology
Dún Laoghaire

Joanna Kiszka 

BA [Hons] Art

Joanna Kiszka is a sculpture artist originally from Poland, now based in Ireland. Her work is known for its use of geometric shapes, which she intricately arranges to form organic-looking sculptures that create curves out of straight lines. These dynamic forms bring life and movement to her work, exploring the human experience through abstract shapes. Kiszka's sculptures often echo the patterns and structures found in nature, evoking a sense of familiarity and connection. By incorporating surrealistic elements such as fur or other biotic materials, she adds depth and texture to her pieces, blending the artificial and the natural in a unique and thought-provoking way.

Project Description

This project centres on the concept of self-defence, delving into the strategies of camouflage, provocation and attack. Through the combination of geometric shapes and biotic elements, I create organic forms that embody the complexities of self-preservation. These sculptures challenge the viewer's perception of concealment and resilience, inviting them to explore the multifaceted nature of defence mechanisms in human behaviour. In the intricate tapestry of human existence, I navigate the realms of emotion and experience through large-scale geometric sculptures. My artistic journey is a manifestation of the complexities inherent in the human psyche, exploring themes such as mental illness, defence mechanisms and coping strategies. By assembling repeated shapes, my sculptures become visual metaphors for the diverse spectrum of human emotions. The repetition mirrors the recurrent patterns of thoughts and behaviours, allowing viewers to engage with the nuances of their own mental landscapes.