Greta Martyniuk is a Polish contemporary painter whose works are characterised by their unsettling and surreal imagery depicting the dehumanising aspect of the recovery process. Martyniuk’s interest in Old Master landscape paintings is clearly visible in her works. Working primarily in oil paint, she produces works which show figures in distressing situations, surrounded by odd objects in strange settings to awaken the curiosity of the viewer. Through the process of collage, she is able to create surrealist scenarios, which explore the relationship between the medical, the body and the mind.
Martyniuk’s recent works explore the effect of trauma on one’s mental and physical well-being. On one hand the artist has a deeply personal approach to the works she produces, on the other hand, she continues to distance herself from the narrative. She uses her experience of living through a traumatic event and recovering in a hospital environment as a basis for her works, which explore issues surrounding modern medicine. She produces collages, which she then transforms into large scale oil paintings that challenge the viewers perception of the recovery process and the world we live in.