A photographer and visual artist from Poland, Laura Makabresku is the creator of a dream-like, fairy-tale world – yet there is no such a thing as an happy-ending in sight, as many of her pictures speak of solitude, unfulfilled longing, and even death. Nonetheless, her photography is bestowed with a certain peacefulness that I find conciliating.
Laura herself describes her artistic approach as follows:
“My photographies are like screenshots from beautiful but cruel fairy tales. Their narrations are not straight. Images that appear are more like feelings that come during a lecture of an old folk-based story – full of witchcrafts and retributions. The structure of my works is similar to the structure of a dream where natural tendencies of collecting and organizing impulses and motivations coincide with irrational clashes of objects and feelings. Isolation and wounds are closed into patterns, uneasy and artificial orders – visual spells created in order to divide beastillness from humanity and dreams from horror.”
I think it’s best to let Laura’s pictures speak for themselves (all pictures © Laura Makabresku):
Just like the pictures of Anna O. Photography which I recently introduced on this blog I feel a certain connection with the work of Laura Makabresku. It’s as if I can find myself, or at least part of my self, in their art. Maybe it’s because both are Polish artists – for I, too, have Polish ancestry. Unfortunately, I have never explored this part of my descent … luckily, artists like them remind me of it every now and then.
Lisa v. D.