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Kasia Dzikowska
Mixed Media on Paper, 100 x 70 cm

Fluid Resistance is an art project that investigates the presence of energy that creates visible disturbances when an object is moved through a space. The starting point and a reference is the rapid movement of limbs through viscous water, an action that requires an increased amount of energy and is strenuous to perform. Performing movement in water in a way that aims to imitate an effort out in the air, draws similarity to performing an unwanted but necessary act that strains one’s willpower to pursue further. Little shapes of air, trapped as bubbles, are a visual reminder of the struggle that, moments earlier, occupied the space.

In a symbolic way, artwork in this project represents undercover resistance against the duress that, although accepted by logic, is rejected by our subconscious. It also celebrates the unrecognized undertakings, that are performed by women and gives them a place to shine.

Kasia Dzikowska

Kasia Dzikowska is an Abu Dhabi-based artist. Born in Poland, she earned her MFA in fine arts at the Kazimierz Pulaski University of Technology and Humanities in Radom, Poland in 2007. In 2013, Kasia moved to the Middle East, where she currently resides and teaches Art Foundation courses at Zayed University. Her work has been exhibited internationally, including in the UAE, USA, Europe and the UK.

Kasia is a conceptual artist that works in a wide range of media, including painting, mixed media, digital graphics and installation. She explores strong use of repetition and rhythms through habitual documenting, often connected to socio-gender commentary through elevation of the significance of mundane activities.

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