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Maria Anna Potocka
From February 22nd 1997 to March 29th 1997
On the Way Between

My visual works "move around" between the text and the schematic representation of the fuman figure. I admit that of these two things, I have less trouble with words than with the image. The pleace between words and the image, neer fully explores, resistes accessibility through classical notions or descriptions. It seems to me that approaching that place increases the truth of my visio. This could be merely another cognitive delusion. Iaslo seek that place thorugh artists and art, through intensive observation of others, and finally through my own writing.

The word seems to be something unambiguous, sharp in its defintion, saying one thing or the other about this or that. You either believe the word or not;there is little room for doubt. A picture, an image, is something we interpret. Interpretation depends on the starting point, it depends on the level of our intuition, on what we know about similar things. Images make us more modest than words. We create more cautious constructions and are aware of how easy it is to be wrong.

The idea to which interpretation leads will be more supposition than statement.

Our perception is led astray by too much faith in the clarity of words and impeded by too much caution towards the information carried by images.

This hesitation between words and image can be compared to the situation of how we treat ourselves and how we treat others. To ourselves, we are like words. It seems that everything is clear, that everything can be described and almost everything explained.

It’s different with images. Sometimes we make the effort to interpret, with the internal reservation that it has the right not to come out. Many people think this is too much trouble and live exclusively through "words".
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Maria Anna Potocka was Born in Paczków, Poland, in 1950. Her studies include Polish phyliology and art history. Since 1972, when she opened her first gallery, she has directed several galleries of cntemporary art including Pawilon (1974), FV (1979) and the Potocka Gallery in Kraków Cracovie, opened in 1986 and still in operation. The artists’ works which she began collecting in 1984 will be housed in the Museum of Modern art in Niepołomice, anther personal project presently in its preliminary stages. She has exhibited her work in solo and group exhibitions "10 Artists from Poland", Goethe Institut, Amsterdam, et Molkerei Werkstadt, Köln (1980); Gallery AT, Poznań (1984); "IKG Exhibition", Museum Friedericianum, Kassel (1984); Gallery ON, Poznań (1987); "Portfolio", Peninsula Gallery, Eindhoven; Akumulatory 2 Gallery, Poznań (1990); Gallery BWA Sandomierz (1992); Ośrodek Działań, Wrocław; "Transit", Kassel (1993); Gallery Działań, Warszawa (1994). She is a member of International Kunstler Gremium and AICA, and since has been the director of the artists’ magazine Tumult.