Act of Pattern: Artist mixes European and Middle Eastern cultures to celebrate globalisation

In her intriguing series Act of Pattern, Polish artist Aleksandra Kalisz marks the recent influx of refugees in Europe by creating paintings that focus on women and traditions in different parts of the world, merging female nudes from Europe with the more modest art and design from the Middle East.

She explains: "Some parts of Europe are having a hard time accepting immigrants and many refugees are having difficulty adapting. Both cultures have rich traditions which have evolved in different ways. Europe has traditionally focused on the human body while the Middle East, due to its religion, has expressed its art in geometrical ornaments. I want to show that these two cultures can create something beautiful.

"The idea of the project came from my recent trip to Spain where I spent almost a year. The south of the country is rich in culture where at some point Catholic, Islamic and Jewish people were living together. Their traditions mixed and created a style called 'Mudéjar'. Seeing extraordinary architecture inspired me to use it in my art in a more modern way. I want my audience to open to foreign cultures through art."

Born in Gdynia, Poland, Aleksandra is currently living and working in Padova, Italy. She studied Fine Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, and received a Master degree at the studio of Maciej Świeszewski in 2016. Currently, he work focuses on female figures and ornaments using different media, whether traditional painting or video installations. Discover more at

Via Creative Boom submission | All images courtesy of the artist


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