the selves | Marta Timmer
A Journey Inward is an exhibition centered on the notion of self discovery using a digital glitch as a portal to otherworldly, alternative experiences.
The disturbance of photoreal forms and the emergence of psychedelic colours, frames the self-portrait images as portals to a higher consciousness, offering a snapshot of a changing self, as if in a drug induced dream of a substance user, or someone on the path of enlightenment.
The images aim to metaphorically transport the viewer into an ethereal mystery, or something hidden deep underneath the layers of every-day sameness and routine.
The underlying assumption for the work is that the world around us is not as it seems and that reality is often veiled behind illusions. Some of the illusions broken in the pictorial space of these images is the pixel perfect facade of digital media which saturates the world as we know it.
The transparent yet opaque, intuitive and pervasive technology of the pixel, whether in hollywood movies or video games, impresses the viewer and enslaves the senses. Perhaps by disrupting the coded conventions of the system, we can detach from the hypnotic glow of the screen and become free to attain higher consciousness, whatever the consequences.
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Marta Blicharz is a Polish-Canadian, traditionally trained visual artist, currently exploring computer graphics and photography in the context of the digital glitch and its postmodern identity. Growing up in the small town Sulecin, Poland, Marta participated in many local art contests and international artist visits which were hosted by the town’s Centre for Culture, Sport and Recreation. (SOKSiR).
In the summer of 2000, Marta moved to Lethbridge, AB, Canada with her family, where she completed the International Baccalaureate Art courses and obtained her high school diploma in 2002. She then went on to pursue an arts degree at the University of Calgary and in 2006 she graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Photography) and a Minor in Psychology. In the meantime Marta engaged in some freelance photography work and had her photos published in several magazines. Two years later, Marta enrolled in the Multimedia Production Diploma Program at Lethbridge College and graduated in 2010 with honours.
Marta exhibited at the Pixel gallery in Toronto, as well as at the Computational Aesthetics in Vancouver in 2011. Her work has been shown both in a group and solo context. She has also presented at the 2011 Glitch Festival in Chicago. In August 2012, Marta completed her Master of Fine Arts in New Media degree at the University of Lethbridge, Alberta. Her aspirations for the future involve becoming a writer, a film director and maintaining her digital art practice while teaching art and design at established educational institutions in Canada.