Ada Augustyniak | Poland

The book is about memory and dreams and how we interact with them. We don’t have direct access to the events from the past, only to our own memories of them. Sometimes we don’t even know if something really happened or it was just a dream. Our memories are overexposed and blurred, we don’t see the details and we can’t control what stays in memory. Sometimes we live in our memories and can’t see what is in front of us right now.

To show the disappearing memories, I invented my own analogue technique, which would imitate the blur, the overexposure, the lack of control - I draw with permanent markers on thin paper, but I don’t use the main image, but the bleeding which goes through the paper to the other side of it, the other side of the illustration. Except the last one, all of the illustrations in the book are the result of the marker bleeding.

As for the text, I wanted to write a poem that would be serious and
funny at the same time, light, but not shallow.

The idea of the book came to me in a dream I had a few years ago: there
was a tsunami, I was standing on the beach waiting for the waves to kill me. But instead of killing me, the waves took my memories, one by one. After the last wave I didn’t remember who I was and I felt completely free, I could fully focus on the present moment, and my perception was not distorted by the memories from the past.

no art school, only Philosophy Department at Jagiellonian University in Cracow, Poland
Graduation: 2009

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