Marcelina Amelia is an exciting contemporary artist known for her works that dwell on themes of self-acceptance, body positivity, gender and representations of female sexuality.
Her work, which at once is both humorous and tinged with darkness, plays with juxtapositions, and Hard Being Me is a prime example. The subject of the piece lounges back, enjoying the good life with a spot of reading. It's only when you notice the title of the book that the mood of the piece leaps to life.
This giclee silkscreen print is from a limited edition of 60, signed by the artist.
Size (cm): 84.1 x 69
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Medium: Silkscreen, Print
Edition Type: Limited Edition
Edition Size: 60
Size (cm): 84.1 x 69
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About the artist
Contemporary artist Marcelina Amelia draws inspiration from her Polish heritage, looking to traditions of folklore and religious iconography to develop a distinctive contemporary aesthetic. Blending childhood nostalgia with the power of dream, Amelia’s work takes a surreal look at the human condition, exploring the tensions and juxtapositions that define our lives. She explains: “I like to play at the tense borders between lust and innocence; joy and sadness; fun and pain. My interest in juxtaposition comes from my origins and fascination with East European culture.”
In 2018, Rebecca Wilson, chief curator at Saatchi Art, highlighted Amelia as an artist to invest in, while Saatchi curator Monty Preston recognised her as “unquestionably an artist on the rise.”
She has been featured in publications including Booooooom, Digital Arts, Art Wednesday, Vogue and Ballad Of Magazine. She exhibited at D&AD, New Designers, London Design Festival, London Illustration Fair, and took part in Faberge’s Big Egg Hunt.