scholarship holder of AMFPA since: 2002
Painting Method: Mouth painter
Mariola Wower was born in 1964 in Poznań. In 1992, she had a car accident which left her with her spine broken at the neck. Ever since then, she has moved around in a wheelchair.
Her contact with painting began in 1995 in Wągrowiec at an open-air art project for disabled people. Currently, she works on nature and portraits and she plans to take up the theme of freestanding and back street architecture. She lives with her husband and daughter in Stęszewko.
She has cooperated with the ‘Amun’ Publishing House since 2002.
Six months after the accident, I read Joni. From then on, I couldn’t get the thought out of my mind that I could also paint. One sentence from the book stuck in my mind, “ (…) when closing a door on us, God leaves a window ajar (…)”. From then on, I began to wonder what window was ajar for me. It took a while to come to the understanding that my window on the world is painting. To begin with, I started writing my recollections. For several years now they’ve been published in episodes in a Poznań periodical for disabled artists, A Philanthropist Of Our Times. After a while, I began to paint, and then to write verse as well.
In 1995, I came into contact with painting in oils and in 1997 I had my first exhibition in Stęszewko. It’s thanks to my art that I have contact with people, I talk to them through my paintings, my verses and also through my recollections. My innermost dream has come true.
If someone were to ask why I paint, all I could say would be that I couldn’t not do it. The desire is stronger than my disability. Apart from painting, I’m interested in poetry and prose.