Within Olowska’s practice, industry, leisure, and socialist symbolism effortlessly occupy the same visual and cultural space. Her realist paintings, drawings, and collages borrow imagery from Eastern European and American popular culture creating a cross cultural reference that is evident throughout her practice, whilst engaging with the concepts of consumerism, feminism, and design.
Paulina Olowska was born in 1976 in Gdansk, Poland, and attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She lives in both Gdansk and Warsaw. Solo exhibitions include the Abtelberg Museum in Monchengladbach and the Kunstverein Braunschweg in Germany and the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw. Group shows include the Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; and the Istanbul, Moscow and Venice biennials. She is the recipient of a DAAD (Berlin) fellowship for 2007 and participated in a residency and exhibition Moby-Dick at the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts.