As well as showing work in the window, Sylvia has also be using One Paved Court as a studio residency, working on a brand new series of portrait paintings of fellow female Londoners, the pandemic edition. Always interested in female narratives, up till now she was mainly focused on aesthetics of absence, expressed through both imagery of anonymous ancestresses and sartorial themed pieces. The new works aim to reflect the familiar contemporary women the way they were in recent months. The concept for the series also had to accommodate for existing restrictions, making it time specific.
As the culmination of her residency, Sylvia has hung the work created over the last few weeks, alongside past works. Whilst the gallery is closed to the public, you can book an appointment with Sylvia, either with a view to a purchase or for a press review. You can also see all of her work on her website, below.
Or email the gallery. 30 Mar- 6 April 2021 .
“My practice is devout to portraits of women, the passers-by from the moment in time. I acknowledge their strength and their glamour. I inquire into the aesthetics of absence, hauntology, and nostalgia. I look at the dress as the memory of the absent. Dresses, that I consider to be ultimately female garments, form their own visual language – the feminine sartorial language that speaks of identity, empowerment, and allure. In the absence of the wearer, the dress speaks of non-appearance. In the absence of the wearer, the dress forms the only portrait that remains.”
Sylvia Batycka has an MFA Fine Art, Wimbledon College of Art, UAL, 2019. The Londoner by choice, she has lived and worked here from 2004, while originally comes from Kraków.
Sylvia has exhibited regularly for the last decade and most recently was the finalist of ING Discerning Eye 2020, as well as the finalist of The Young Contemporary Purchase Prize The Ingram Collection in 2019.
Contact Sylvia: firstname.lastname@example.org