I think of my work as an expression of dreams: feelings, atmosphere, the "inside". My inspiration comes mostly from photographs. I'm finding old, unknown, forgotten pictures and I'm transferring them onto a canvas or paper. What inspires me as well are dreams. They are like stories appearing unconsciously, while we sleep and disappearing when we wake up. Sort of memories which for some reason stay in our minds. I give my personages new meaning. They appear on a canvas unclear surrounded by unknown space. From realistic photo they become unrealistic, distored, "strange". I want them to become austere in their form, no fine lines no conffections. I cloth them with clouds and plants. Sometimes they hide behind their hair or masks. But isn't it a way of remembering things, memories, past? Don't we transform the "real" past into a dreams and create them in a new way? Pure, simple and raw... There is also strong personal influence in my work. I'm dressing up my personages in clothes, masks, colors which I used to wear myself, I'm placing them in poses that appear on my family photographs. This all reminds things from before. They are becoming a sort of memories in a new appearance. What interests me as well is contrast : in colors, subjects and feeling.
by Hanna Ilczyszyn from Brussels