Beata Wilczek is a photographer/stylist living and working in Wrocław, Poland. She describes her work as a form of intimate and dark, fashion-oriented photography, which she often uses as the basis for handmade collages. Many of her projects have been published and exhibited both in her hometown and internationally. Her work as a head women’s wear stylist at the Uniqlo Global Flagship Store in London, UK, became a valuable experience in the fashion industry. After collecting further free-lance experience in Berlin, Germany, Wilczek is currently attending the Academy of Fine Arts and completing an MA in Psychology, while also working at the leading Polish art gallery Design-BWA Wrocław.
What do you find most peculiar about photography as an art form?
Its simplicity. Still, I often have this feeling that photography is not enough when it comes to my work and that’s why I turn my photos into handmade collages
Do you have a favorite among your own pictures?
I have a few, but I think it’s more about them representing a certain memory. This one was taken in Morocco while I was sitting on a camel. The second one was taken in Houston. I always wonder what's wrong with the shadow and why they would leave such a sad tree like this.
Do you like online street style look books/blogs?
I do. It gives me a lot of inspiration when it comes to styling and fulfills my voyeuristic needs. I think there is plenty of work for sociologists thanks to them. It would be great to read some sort of scientific paper on street style blogs. I also think it is a great phenomenon about individuals, like a case study. I remember having a few walks with Yvan Rodic/Face Hunter, and it was interesting to watch him work.
Do you enjoy purchasing and collecting art for yourself?
I like to collect, especially animals. Plastic, porcelain, wood, you name it. Also I am considering getting Peter's elephantnose fish. It’s a beautiful animal and it would be a good companion for my snails. When it comes to art I prefer to show it, what I do with CN, a small art-curating project. You can find more about it here.
And do you think that collecting art is still a marginal or elite thing to do?
I think it's marginal, and I'm sure to most of the people who do it, it is an elite thing.
What is creativity to you?
It's creating a new, useful quality for something what already exists.
Do you think there is any individual thought or idea at all?
I think there is plenty of it.
What do you do to recover when you feel exhausted from everyday life?
I like to go to the cinema, eat, cook, photograph, make collages, kiss, read, buy new books, plan future travels, walk, talk, listen.
Best advice ever given to you, for any context of life?
It was more of a conclusion after a long workshop with the cinematographer Jacek Petrycki. He said to me that whatever you want to do, just do it now. I was 18 then and instead of buying a camera, I bought myself a ticket to China. I haven't stopped following his advice since then.
Collage and style. Take a look at her work!