Today we welcome the last of Synkroniciti’s “Empowered” artists, Jagoda Zwiernik, a visual artist from Poland residing in Scotland. Jagoda’s work is profound for its intersectionality, vulnerability and body positivity. “Triptych” is a three part digital work that deals with the stigma around being single, especially a single woman. The three panels are entitled: “Look for a husband,” “Asteroid B-612″ and I’m not a half.” Jagoda looks at the way society programs us for transactional relationships and commodified “love.” “I AM ENOUGH” is a miniature sculpture of a female body, headless and segmented like many dolls. Society tries to erase portions of ourselves that are unacceptable and then call us incomplete or lacking; we need to recognize that this is a lie and affirm ourselves and on another. The final work, a digitally modified photograph entitled “DON”T TOUCH MY SOUL WITH DIRTY HANDS” calls attention to the many people who are abused by their partners and spouses, those who are closest and most vital in their lives. They often struggle in silence, their pain contained in the home and invisible to the outside world.
Jagoda Natalia Zwiernik is a visual artist living and working in Edinburgh, Scotland. She studied Interior Design and Architecture at the Institute of Visual Arts of the University of Zielona Góra and at the Faculty of Sculpture and Spatial Activities at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan, Poland.
She is most inspired by people and their stories, as well as by social situations to which she feels obliged to respond. Struggling with the possibilities of her own body, as well as with the limitations of form, is foundational in her artistic practice. She often uses the image of herself in order to create a connection with the subject matter, treating her body as an object or lens through which to observe.
Jagoda wants to make a difference by raising awareness about physical , emotional and mental health issues through her artwork. She has exhibited her artwork in Poland, Belgium, Hungary, Spain, Italy and the UK.