A Collection of Things Unseen
A continuing series of collage paintings composed of acrylic washes, stitching and appliqué. This intricate weave of layers transitions from textile work and expressive embroidery into the painted canvas. An echo of the inner world, these paintings are visual poetry imbued with personal symbols. They intertwine imagination and reality blurring the lines between the two.
The use of fabric and stitching in this series is an homage to the women in Irena's family who were not artists by profession but have dedicated countless hours to embroidery, crochet and knitting adding a beautiful tactile dimension to her world. She has translated this craft into her own art language thus continuing the long family tradition in her work.