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Justyna Borucka

Carbon (Άνθρακας) - painting

Carbon (Άνθρακας) - painting

60 W x 60 H x 4 D cm

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The Atomic Series (2023)

Marble dust & embroidery on raw linen, series 60 x 60 x 4 cm
Touching upon the subject of material, beauty and motherhood Borucka’s Atomic Series was part of an interdisciplinary project merging art and science, which brought the τόπος, topos, of the famed ancient quarry in Marathi, Paros to the audience of the Museum of Classical Archaeology at Cambridge University, UK.

Carbon (Άνθρακας)

‘This has been a įourney to conceptually get to the sub-atomic level,’ says Borucka. It is a įourney which has caused her to explore material encounters as sensory and momentary phenomena and which only intensified with the birth of her first child in 2018.
‘I had struggled with my new postpartum self. The prevailing ideals of beauty seemedartificial and unnatural to me, their canons representing an idealised snapshot only.’
In exploring nature as flux and cyclical, Borucka takes a molecular turn. The six paintings each represent a metaphorical distillation of the elements which make up Parian marble (calcium carbonate, CaCO3) and plaster of Paris (hydrated calcium sulphate, CaSO4.2H2O). The addition of Nitrogen (N) embeds the two compounds in the earth from which they came, in the very ecosystem of the Marathi’s quarry and the seasonal cycles of nature.

The very act of making, too, embeds Borucka in an embodied and localised story ofcreative production which stretches out beyond herself. Embroidery has a history: it is,says Borucka, ‘a repetitive and reflective act that connects me with the embodied wisdom of generations of women who preceded me, giving me a sense of unity, balance and purpose.’ At the same time, the application of the marble dust requires a focus which grounds the artist in a meditative present moment – a moment of becoming, where two opposing bodies (the textures of the dust and the waterymedium) come together to create something new.

Dr. Susanne Turner, Curator, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge University’s history 

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