Daria Zadarnowska graduated from DJCAD in 2017 with a BA (Hons) Degree in Fine Art, and she featured in our Best Of Scottish Graduates
Zadarnowska is deeply inspired by her Christian faith and her work is a rich contemplation of her spiritual journey to God. Within the translucent layers of wax, she has embedded Bible verses and photographs representing moments of prayer. The works are intricate and require close inspection.
She says of her work;
“In my practice, I aim to shape my spiritual connection with God. The spiritual presence is an enigmatic perception and, same as the real nature of God, it is conceived in many ways. As a Christian, Jesus is my main inspiration in life and in the art practice. My art is devoted to Jesus, it is a representation of my soul, my prayers and my thoughts towards Him. I want to form this relationship into an enigmatic, subtle and ethereal imagery, which signifies my inside and my faith. Considering art as the language of my soul; I therefore consider photography, wax, texture, plants and text as my means to speak. The encaustic technique which my practice evolves around dates back to the 5th century B.C and consists in fusing together numerous layers of molten beeswax, damar resin and pigments. The use of melted beeswax allows me to create translucent and abstract effect on my work which is compatible with the spiritual presence of God. An important role within my work is played by photography and by the Bible verses, which I include within the creation of the encaustic collages; reflecting the idea of each piece as a visual prayer of my soul”.