Born in Jelenia Góra, Poland, Igor Dobrowolski has long drawn from the aesthetics of his childhood hometown for inspiration. Delicately shaded large-scale paintings in monochrome hues are often layered with overlapping body parts or dream-like imagery. We caught up with the artist to find out how he was coping with the current pandemic-stricken world.
I am currently in Poland in a small town called Dear Mountain surrounded by nature in the middle of the Karkonosze Mountains.
Lockdown stopped my solo exhibition in London but apart from that I'm trying to continue to create as usual.
[At first] due to social isolation and this unprecedented time, I felt lost and worried about the future, I felt as though I was empty inside for a period of time. However, I think working on myself and spending time with my own thoughts without the distractions we are usually bombarded with has been positive. It's been an incredibly uplifting time. So in retrospect, it feels very good. Of course, I'm very grateful for the fact that my family and I have avoided tragedy during this time.
A book that I'm currently reading is, "The Price of Inequality" on how today's divided society endangers our future by Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel prize laureate in economics. During this time, I'm listening to more music without lyrics, more electronic music.
They're not new hobbies but I'm spending more time caring for myself, doing yoga, exercising, meditating and walking in nature.
I think it will be a sea or ocean. I would love to swim in the ocean and walk on the sand. On the other hand, I would love to be in an intense place like London.
I feel that this time is really development time for me. I'm focusing on being more glued together and making changes in my life. Focusing on things that are important and trying to be less and less distracted by things that are not important but absorb my time and energy.
I know it sounds strange but I just sit in my head a lot, and I concentrate very much on my thoughts. New ideas just flow through my head. When I started my journey with art it was quite a hard and intense process but now it is very natural.
When it comes to supporting other artists, especially abroad, I am in constant contact with other artists, we write to each other, talk, we just stick together, although separately.
Art's like oxygen. It's essential.