Journey Within – detail

Portrait detail of graphite and colored pencils drawing "Journey Within" by Marta Witkiewicz

“Journey Within” started as a reflection on the artistic path with all its ups and downs, learning experiences, growth opportunities, triumphs, trials and frustrations. As the drawing unfolded, I realised this path is not only about progress but also about losses that occur quite unnoticed. In our pursuits of honing our skills, we trade a piece of our innocence and blissful naivety. Do you remember times when a chunk of “not good” paper served as a playground and a piece of broken crayon taped together as a toy? Times when mistakes were just opportunities to explore uncharted territories, when perfectionism was not a chain that bounds us?

This artwork took me on its own unexpected journey, steering me back to childish innocence and a sense of playfulness. Who would have thought that going back to childlike scribbles will be the hardest part of this project? That challenge was not about being precise, but rather about letting myself go?

Yellow bird with blue wings was my childhood friend, a reoccurring character accompanying me on countless imaginative adventures. Can you hear it chirping joyfully in your ear – “Let’s go over the lines! Let’s play!