She shapes forms which lean, press, and resist the picture frame.
A first-generation Polish-American, Anna Pietrzak grew up in Indiana and received a MA in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. Pietrzak’s work seeks to capture moments of instability, unrest, vulnerability, and precariousness, to expose how tensions carried internally within ourselves manifest as outward gestures worn on our bodies. She shapes forms which lean, press, and resist the picture frame. Gold leaf is used, not as an embellishment, but as the primary medium of the work. It too carries this tension as a paradox of something that was once unbearably heavy, now made impossibly light. Pietrzak continues to explore these themes and expands her investigation into other media, including raw pigments, where potent, embedded emotions within color are uncontained, expansive, and exposed. Her work has been featured in group exhibitions at Trotter & Sholer Gallery, New York City, In Passing Gallery, New York City, and ZH Projects, New York City and at the Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, London. Her solo exhibition “Before Shadows” opened at The Place gallery in Dumbo, Brooklyn in March 2020.