Two Memories (2016)
A Wheel of Emotions (2016)
Pencil on paper, 56.5 x 72 cm.
24 drawings (a – z) 42 x 59 cm, black lead pencil, red and blue crayon on the paper.
The starting point for my work has become a Polish-English slang (Ponglish) which is a fascinatingly complex hybrid of the two tongues. Ponglish is a series of visual-text works made using drawing technique. This cycle deals with the phenomenon of contemporary migration and relates changes in the fabric of my native tongue – Polish, which began to evolve into new forms based on a large number of borrowings from the languages of my host countries (UK, US, Australia, Canada).
My aim was to visualize linguistic collision as a process of language development and growth by preparing illustrations for the type of primer-book or a visual dictionary and to put emphasis on issues related to the impact of socio-political changes which result from migratory movement and which then influence linguistic states.