Every face shows a story, even if unwittingly or unknowingly. Joanna Salska is interested in how the face portrays trauma or “cracks”, as evidence of the disjuncture between an individual psychology and social conventions. She manifests cracks visually as moments of repetition and fragmentation in familiar objects such as doll’s heads, masks and models.
Salska’s paints on square formats. These surfaces are both landscape and portrait, accounting for the discrete and vast locations of the human subject. Salska views her work as a kind of “psychological excavation project”, focused on finding the unmediated self within the compromised self of social expectation.