In this series of large-​format photographs, the artist brings her double to life. The effigy manufac­tured by a specialist firm is a faith­ful copy of her head and torso on a 1:1 scale. Grzeszykow­ska documents the process of applying makeup, eyelashes and eyebrows, and the framing and reduced distance create the illusion of con­fron­ting a real person. 

The intimate charac­ter of these por­traits and the natural ligh­ting allude to the tradition of pain­terly represen­tation. At the same time, the series is a fur­ther trans­gres­sion of self-​portrait conven­tions and another attempt by Grzeszykow­ska to liberate her­self from her own body—symbolically dividing iden­tity from its physical medium.

Alluding to her ear­lier photo series, the artist probes the creative possibilities of this medium. Here photography is used in an excep­tionally sug­gestive manner to create artificial life, a person who lives only in pictures.

Aneta Grzeszykowska
Untitled (model)

pigment ink on cotton paper, 100 x 140 cm, ed. 3 + 1 AP each