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KSSO editions is a Cape Town based studio focusing on unique, handmade prints.
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As a painter, Kasia Stefanczyk (b. 1992, Warsaw, Poland) is drawn towards abstractions observed: sun passing through windows, shadows playing against architecture, colours overlapping on the wall. Lines, shapes, tones and textures happen upon the world as if compositions, then disappear as the light changes. Stefanczyk tries to capture these moments on canvas, delighting in their serendipity while, at the same time, exercising control over what makes them immediate and fleeting.
Over lockdown, Stefanczyk became more and more attracted to painting as an exercise in control, and planned to see how far she could take it. Using stencils and sponge-rolled oil paint on archival paper, Stefanczyk experimented with compositions which could be more easily replicated. To put it simply, Stefanczyk spent months making paintings like prints, culminating in a body of work presented by KSSO Editions.
A print typically refers to a replica. Stefanczyk’s prints refer to repetition, the act of re-making. Available in made-to-order editions of ten, each iteration is unique. Hand-mixed per batch, the colours vary. Opacity between layers is determined by the painter’s subtle gestures and idiosyncrasies in the drying process. The fine liner works, meticulously hand-drawn over the course of several hours, represent a performative aspect which undercuts the mechanisation of modern printmaking techniques, returning to the mechanics of the body.
These methods, which sometimes elude the artist’s control, inevitably beget imperfections. This line is skew. This colour has bled. This paper has warped in a certain way that its predecessor hadn’t. Therein lies the beauty. In each discrepancy, each imperfection, these prints begin to behave like the original observations. They are each serendipitous, borne not only out of Stefanczyk’s keen eye for detail but her capacity to slip up, which is a sort of finesse. Each print, ironically, can’t be replicated, for each is energised with its own tiny rarity.
Light passes through a window on the wall, momentarily creating a pattern that gives the impression of structure in an often chaotic world. These works invite idiosyncrasies into an ordered medium, and in so doing, speak to the same kind of beauty: that of chance.