When I was an undergrad at The School of the Art Institute, I was constantly seeking out artists from Poland. I was curious about what kind of art was being made there.
One of the first artists I discovered was Elzbieta Jablonska and her series “Supermother,” which is a series of photographic self-portraits as various superheroes. I loved how she placed these well-known superheroes in the home with new super abilities – balancing being a mother and homemaker with a career (the ultimate super ability most women attain to).
How cool that several pieces from the “Supermother” series are in the permanent collection of the Arsenal Gallery in Bialystok?
Her work has a way of lifting things from the banality of everyday life to something precious, worthy of our attention. She considers/brings to our attention things we usually take for granted or ignore.
Her work also has a playfulness and sense of humor to it. To me, her role as mother is central to her work, even if in some of the series “motherness” is quite subtle. This is not work that would be made by a childless person.
Her explorations often concern the home and domesticity.
To see more work by Elzbieta Jablonska, go to her website.
You can read more about her and her art here.
To read more about the “Accidental Pleasure” series, click here.