The Circus and the Girl – exhibition of Honorata Drążyk’s paintings

Opening: 22 July, 17.00 – Hotel Arche Lublin,  Zamojska 30

“The Circus and the girl” is a series of paintings from the last three years.


“During this time, I developed an interest in portraiture and how the human face has been represented in different eras, artistic disciplines and styles. The face has been represented realistically, symbolically, as a set of morphological elements, as a message about the intangible side of humanity, an object in itself or a starting point for self-creation. Each of these ways has brought something important into my perception of portraits. But what I want to capture is their combination: the physicality and the emotions that the face can express and evoke. I found all this – and even more – in the circus”.

The circus is a space of transgressing existing orders, breaking schematic behaviours and expectations, including those connected with accepted standards of appearance. It is synonymous with risk and a constant search for balance between the spiritual and the material.

Honorata Drążyk – born in 1986 in Kozienice, graduated from Kozienice’s Polish Legions School No 1. In 2011, she graduated from the Faculty of Art at Maria Curie-Skłodowska University in Lublin, majoring in graphic design, with a specialisation in intaglio printmaking. She focuses on drawing and painting techniques. She is interested in literature and contemporary culture, music and the history of the circus and Contemporary Circus.