Artist’s Workshops: Stryjeńska
Fine Arts is an industry that exhibits a significant gender disparity in the representation of artists. Currently, it is estimated that more than half of American and European visual artists are female, yet the presence and recognition of their works cannot be compared to that of their male counterparts. The imbalance not only misrepresents the presence and contribution females to the art industry, but also provides a false impression of inferiority of their works of art.
The project strives to combat this disparity through providing the audience with an interactive space that educates on the works and lives of lesser-known female artists. It focuses on artists whose substantial contributions to the art scene do not receive adequate recognition in the industry and in media.
As Artists’ Workshops: Stryjeńska is the first part of this project, it focuses on Zofia Stryjeńska, an artist of the Interwar period in Poland. Her story of becoming one of the most influential European artists of the time is that of struggle and constant fight against social limitations imposed on women artists. The obstacles Stryjeńska overcame are representative of hardships that other female artists faced which made her a perfect fit for the focus of the experience.
Stryjeńska’s workshop is a navigable VR space that the audience is free to enter and explore. The environment is equipped with a number of 3D objects which upon interaction, reveal the story related to them. The items placed around the environment include paintings, drawings, but also letters from her son, sketches, notes, personal calendar, and more, which serves to introduce the artist’s professional work, but also her personality, the deeper story behind her success.
In order to provide the audience with historically accurate information, the items, as well as the storytelling triggered by them, is based on the artist’s personal property documented by Polish National Archives, as well as her own diaries written in the 1920s and 1930s.
As Artists’ Workshops is a project still in progress, more workshops of other unrecognized female artists will be developed.