Joanna Apanowicz
ceramic & book art studio

Joanna Apanowicz graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, the Faculty of Graphic Arts. She obtained Doctor of Arts degree at this Academy, her doctoral thesis was titled: „Liber non scriptum – an unwritten book”, a study into an artistic book. In the mid-1990s she started her professional work as a graphic designer. She collaborated with the Faculty of Graphic Arts and Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz. For a few years she has been pursuing her artistic career in ceramics and the artistic book. She has been active in this artistic field, presenting her works at exhibitions and competitions in the country and abroad. She publishes and participates in conferences. At present she is working as a lecturer at the Faculty of Industrial Design, the Higher School of Art and Design in Lodz.

selected exhibitions

• Strzemiński Competition /painting - award / Lodz, 1992
• Mała Gallery / painting / Lodz, 1997
• 3rd Biennial of Small Painting Forms / painting / Toruń, 1997
• Bielska Jesień, landscape of the end of the 20th century / painting / BWA Bielsko-Biała, 1997
• Łódzki Salon Jesienny (The Lodz Autumn Salon) / painting / Lodz, 1997
• Fuks Gallery / painting / Lodz, 1998
• Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych in Sieradz / ceramics / Sieradz, 2007
• Naturally ... / ceramics / 4Joy Gallery, Lodz, 2008
• Ceramic Sonata / 2nd Edition of the Polish Ceramic Competition / Zakopane - Warsaw, 2011
• Blue-eyed Necroeater / ceramics / Museum of the Artistic Book, Lodz, 2011
• Blue-eyed Necroeater / ceramics / Poleski Ośrodek Sztuki, Lodz, 2011
• Kolor i Przestrzeń (Colour and Space) / the 9th international en plein air of wicker spatial forms / Poleski Ośrodek Sztuki Lodz, 2011
• Porcelain Pieces - installation / ceramics / Ceramic Review issue 251 / 2011
• Correspondence /the 9th international festival of the book art / the artistic book / 2012 - 2014
• Project Mail Art Books / the international exhibition of the artistic book, mail art / Holland, 2012
• Impossible Dialogues / ceramics, the artistic book / Biuro Wystaw Artystycznych, Sieradz, 2013
• Sheffield International Artist's Book Prize / the international exhibition of the artistic book / Bank Street Arts, Sheffield, 2013
• Personal Histories / the international exhibition of the artistic book / Redland Museum, Cleveland, Australia, 2014
• Error / the 7th international triennial of the artistic book / Vilnius, Lithuania, 2015
• Liber non scriptum / the artistic book, ceramics / the City Art Gallery in Lodz, 2015
• 7th interna Prize, Minnesota Center for Book Arts (MCBA) - an international artist’s book award, 2015
• 9 Polish Print Triennial in Katowice, award, 2015
• Design a Sztuka, The National Museum in Gdansk, Department of Modern Art, 2015
• 5th Sheffield International Artist’s Book Prize, Bank Street Arts, United Kingdom, 2015
• 3rd EIBAB - European International Book Art Biennale, Bucharest, Romania, 2015
• Palimpests - a prize exhibition in the 9th Triennial of Polish Graphics Katowice, founded by Rector of the State Higher Vocational School, Raciborz 2016

I have always been intrigued by contrast, texture and rhythm. Ceramics let me transfer this search into the third, and the book even into the fourth dimension, as the factor of time appears here. My works take forms which come from their intrinsic construction, avoiding additional ornaments. I believe it gives me a chance to reveal their natural beauty which is a reflection of the plain truth of the world that surrounds us.

found, memorised, crumbs of the past
each of them once existed

J. Apanowicz

Joanna Apanowicz