What do you do every day to express your elective affinity with nature, with the plants on your balcony, with the flowers that grow in your terrace or the trees in your garden?
Each day I spent a few hours in my garden – walking on the grass with bare feet and just being fully immersed in nature…
What is the plant that you like the most? Why you feel so attached to it?
I love orchids, I believe they have the ability to hypnotise the viewer. In fact one of my illustrations is about Edward James’s obsession with the flower. I imagine that the sphinx moth that pollinates the ghost orchid is drawn to it by an overwhelming, narcotic, almost poisonous smell…although undetectable to humans. Maybe Edward was somehow sensitive to this scent and poisoned by the orchid, started to cultivate his obsession….I am also fascinated how perfectly and unexpectedly certain species of orchids mimic insects with their colors and shapes, casting spells on those who pollinate them…
So maybe I am also hypnotized…
You’re leaving to a desert island and you can only take with you two things … and a plant. What would you put in your suitcase?
A record player, a book by Italo Calvino and a mango tree.
Bozka is an artist and illustrator from Warsaw, Poland.
Her unique style form subtle illustrations of the ornamental and oneiric kingdom of plants.
She has worked both on artistic projects like series of illustrations “New Botany”, “Haiku” or “Sea Poems” and commercial ones, including Leo Burnett, Empik, Kristoff porcelain, Dr Irena Eris, Lukullus and TVP Kultura.
Her works have appeared in books “Atlas of Illustration” (Maomao, Barcelona), “Semi-permanent 2011” and Taschen’s “Illustration Now! 5”. Several works were published in Futu, Exklusiv, Rojo & Garabato.
She has taken part in many exhibitions in Poland and abroad including Shamrock Hotel Studios, Dallas (USA), Flying Gallery in Warsaw and in the 2013 Illustrative Festival in Berlin.
In 2013 she was awarded the Scholarship of the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
Bożka studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, Poland and at Högskolan för Design och Konsthantverk in Goteborg, Sweden.