FROM THE COLLECTION
GRAFFITI-X is part of a series of prints by Gosia Wlodarczak. Gosia donated the works to the gallery’s print collection in 2010 following the Grafton Regional Gallery Print Night Fundraiser. The series has four works – Graffiti-Q, X, Y, and Z. Each work in the Graffiti series is a multi-block linocut that features a bold interpretation of letters and abstract shapes.
Gosia Wlodarczak has an important place in Australian art and drawing. More recently, Gosia’s work represents a contemporary interpretation of what it means to draw in the 21st century.
She incorporates performance as part of her drawing practice; the process of putting pencil and pen to paper is as much part of the work as the physical drawing itself.
Gosia was the gallery’s Artist in Residence in October 2016, and spent a month working from the gallery studio on a number of projects. In one of these projects, Gosia and her partner Longin walked through Grafton recording the jacaranda trees in bloom photographically. In what they described as an ambitious project, their aim was to photograph each tree in Grafton and record them on a map. The completed photographs were only part of the artwork – the process of walking and recording made up a performative aspect to the piece.
To coincide with the Jacaranda Acquisitive Drawing Award, both Artists in Residence in 2016 focused on drawing, with Todd Fuller in residence before Gosia. Todd and Gosia each have contemporary drawing practices that complemented the innovation and excellence shown in the JADA exhibition.