Unfinished Lines, 2014
work in a permanent progress, various materials

As many of my previous artworks, also this one has evolved from found material connected with subjective memory and family history. Once again, I’m digging into the past in order to convey it and create a new context for what might have been lost. The basis for “Unfinished lines” is a folder of drawings my grandmother had created during her high school studies in the 1930’s. These are about 30 pages of different clothes patterns, executed with an incredible precision. It is a material beautiful on itself, and, foremost, because these designs had never been realized into real clothes. My grandmother was obliged to quit the school after the second year, because of the family circumstances.
These drawings and their unfulfilled potential have triggered my thoughts since long ago and over the time provoked many questions. My desire is to examine their place nowadays, especially in the context of my artwork. There is a whole constellation of issues I aim to explore: about unrealized lives, carriers, dreams, projects lingering on the shelves.
As the first step, I decided to re-draw the clothes patterns in life size, thus literally continuing my grandmother’s work. I consider to sew and perhaps even wear these clothes; naturally this act would arouse new questions: about clothes that had never been “inhabited” - empty, almost abstract objects - their obsolete shape, outdated fit - the fashion which would make me differentiate between “kitchen” and “leisure” dress - the measurements presented in the sketches versus the shape of my own body. The journey across two generations. Clothes themselves, our everyday “architecture” which slowly takes the shape of our bodies, while at the same time, we often strive to fit ourselves into them.
The memory which wears off.
Through all these gestures I aim to open up a new space and provoke questions, rather than completing my grandmothers “project.”