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Recent graduate Paola Ciarska's work features on the RA Recommends news page - Five art shows to

79 Woodford, 2016, gouache paint on board

Five art shows to see this week: Barbican Art Gallery, National Gallery, and more

11 – 18 February

By Sofia Gallarate on The Royal Academy of Arts blog

...Paola Ciarska: Coming Along Nicely |Globe Gallery, Newcastle, until 15 April

Recent art school graduate Paola Ciarska creates miniature paintings and illustrations that humorously depict scenes from a young woman’s life. When asked about her practice, Ciarska commented, “I wanted to create a self-portrait that would also function as a mirror to whoever laid eyes on it”. Often set within bedrooms and kitchens, her work exaggerates the habits and rituals of a 21st century lifestyle, featuring selfie sticks, live-streamed internet interactions and lots of nudity. Every detail is meticulously painted, presenting the viewer with intimate and sometimes erotic scenes which seem to invite a closer look...

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