My real name is Justyna Kowalska but you can call me Sirena. You could say that I am a polish visual & theatre artist from Krakow but the truth is that I am a mermaid and I talk with the Ocean.
I am drifting between the Atlantic Ocean (La Palma Island, Spain) and the Mediterranian Sea (Sicily, Italy). Along the way, I paint and photograph sea, ocean and dreamscapes. My art reflects the journey I went to reconnect with Nature, regain faith in dreams and unleash my inner unicorns. I’d like to invite you to join the quest.
Sirena [born Justyna Kowalska] is a Polish abstract painter, photographer, and theatre artist currently based ik Krakow (Poland), La Palma Island in Spain and Sicily (Italy). After graduating from AST National Academy of Theatre Arts in Kraków in 2008, she worked as a director, actress, and playwright for national stages; she was also a screenwriter in polish radio and television. In 2018 she took a sabbatical to recover from burnout and depression. The journey around the Canary Islands led to the spiritual and artistic transition. Through art, Sirena is exploring the topic of reconnection with Nature and dreams. She paints abstract seascapes with the use of organic materials (sand, sticks, dried plants). In photography, Sirena focuses on poetic landscapes and mythological self-portraits
My art studio is in Nature.
I start to paint on the beach; I listen to the Ocean and let the wind to mix the sand with acrylic paint. I continue in the garden; the gifts of the Earth like stones, sticks or dried cactuses become also the part of my abstract seascapes. Sometimes I add my photos , yarn and various recycled materials.
I photograph Ocean, Sea and mythological self-portraits in scenography designed by Nature. I don’t use advanced cameras but light and easy to carry smartphone. At home, I manipulate photography with digital applications, sometimes blending with my paintings.