While discussing the details of a commission I was working on, my client asked me how do I see myself? I jokingly replied: “as a fierce foreigner” and laughed. …and then my client asked me to paint just that - ‘Fierce Foreigner’ was created as a commission for a client in the US.
Picturing ‘fierceness’ would be quite easy using facial expression and/or body language, but to capture ‘foreign’ as a visual was more tricky. Being Polish, I chose to show myself to you in Polish folklore attire to illustrate this visually. When I was a little girl, the folklore outfit with the floral wreath and red beaded necklace was my fancy dress (and I guess most of the Polish girls who were kids in the 80’s have a similar nursery picture – it was clearly a thing back then).
I already had the flower wreath which I used for styling a photo shoot a few years back. The makeup style has been inspired by American Indian war paint to channel the warrior vibe and create a striking self-portrait. Taking lots of selfies wearing the floral wreath followed, helping to create the reference photo.
‘Fierce Foreigner’ Fine Art prints are available in standard A4, A3, A2 and A1 sizes which are easy to frame, with frames widely available in high street stores and online.
Original artwork size and technique: acrylic paint & dry pastel on A3 paper.
Art prints are lovingly packed by the artist, dispatched within 3-6 working days and sent by the tracked delivery service.