My name is Karolina Szablewska. I am a Polish-Canadian artist and a professional in the screen-based industry. I am largely self-taught, but I also pursued and completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from NSCAD University that focused on Film Production and Illustration. My creative practice between art and film intertwine, as narrative and storytelling are very important aspects in all of my work. I take on many forms of creativity and embrace the act of creating more than any one medium. If I can do it, I will do it.
My inspiration for art is observing the world and personal experience, thus creating through observation on-location or model sessions is essential for my practice. As a bookworm that grew up on the Internet, I take inspiration from comics, film, and animation from both Western and Eastern culture for style and aesthetics and mix it with an academic art background. I take interest in sociological and psychological subjects, like subcultures, expression through body gestures, dreams, the imaginary, and sexuality.
My art is often introspective, reflective, and intense, and sometimes it is the only way to articulate difficult, vague emotions. The personal values I incorporate into my art are honesty and accepting life for what it is, even if that means embracing misfortune and grit. What I will never be interested in is purely decorative art without deeper connection or with a dishonest facade of censorship. Creating an image is about observing and framing a piece of life inside or outside us, finding meaning, and bringing out the true story.
Favourite Mediums: ink, watercolour, conté, pencil, oil, acrylic, photography & video
My company: Stereokroma Creative Services