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Sleeping on the line Artwork

Elżbieta Wysakowska Walters


Mixed Media, Digital on Other

Size: 0.4 W x 0.4 H x 0.1 D in

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About The Artwork

Sleeping on a Line is an expression in a contemporary English language which refers to the state of extreme tiredness. It is not the contemporary meaning, however, which is the focus of my work, but the original one dating back to the times of the Industrial Revolution. Sleeping on a line was an exact description of the conditions in which factory workers slept after a hard-day’s work in the factories. I was inspired by the social aspect of the experience and it seems to me that a reconstruction of the situation with the line, even without a prior knowledge of the context, could be a meaningful act for contemporary people. I feel that through bringing back the original, long forgotten, meaning, I open up for examination a profusion of meanings in contemporary culture. To start with the situation of migrant workers in contemporary Europe, and to arrive at the fragility or lack of security in contemporary society, the interdependency and outer forces regulating our lives. I am referring here to the overpowering feeling of helplessness and restriction. Language, in this work, is a form of archive in which there is kept the knowledge about human experience. The examination of phrase etymology in contrast with contemporary conditions, or contemporary situation initiates reflection and documentation of contemporary phenomena in culture. Sleeping on the line is a video installation work. Please note that predefined style and subject selection did not allow me to choose an appropriate category.

Details & Dimensions

Mixed Media:Digital on Other

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:0.4 W x 0.4 H x 0.1 D in

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My educational background is varied and very rich. Originally, I graduated with a degree in English from both a Polish and a British university. In 2008, I graduated with BA degree in Audio-Visual Communication from the Fine Arts department of The Academy of Humanities and Economics in Lodz, Poland. In 2009, I continued my studies and I am currently doing MA course in Intermedia at the Fine Art Academy in Poznan, Poland.

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