We had the good fortune of connecting with Alicja Klimek and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Alicja, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
TRUTH, being real, being yourself, approval for being yourself, approval for all your features, those that have always been welcome as well as those inconvenient that, after being accepted, may turn out to be necessary for the whole puzzle, this uniqueness of each of us is a beauty. The truth in its sensitivity, which is not a weakness at all, self-consent gives strength. The discovery of my inner compass in myself started the path of success. The path itself is a success because it brings me fulfillment, the true joy of experiencing. People feel it and that is why I can give to others what I was created for, I can share my story, what has been experienced because only this is true and this finds its way to the heart. In a world that is fictional, “idealized”, we need truth, humanity. I am fed up with beautiful masks, I am interested in the truth flowing from the inside. I work with my heart. Of course, there are many factors, but the TRUTH is what binds them all.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Painting is my chosen path through life and I am aware of this responsibility. If a vision comes to me, I trust it came from above and wants to be embodied in the world. In art, I want to communicate with people at a deep level, soul to soul, heart to heart. I am not interested in criticism and words about the collapse, I want to see what is uplifting, what you are looking at grows. After graduation however I experienced an inner breakdown, I touched the bottom and I had to bounce back from it, I started to return intensively inside, discover my subconsciousness, identity, this process naturally gave birth to paintings. I understand that my sensitivity is a treasure, it is a power I should learn to wield. I came back with great strength, which I discovered in myself, I know that this is just the beginning, it is a great feeling to know that you are in the right place and at the right time, that you are following your own unique path. It turned out that my painting was guiding me, that all the visions that came had a reference in the present time. This is also how the project LAW OF THE DESERT was created, which I have the impression that creates itself, and what I do is only listen and follow orders. When a vision comes, I don’t always know what to do next, but the horizon widens when I do what my heart tells me to. The project started in the Błędów Desert, the only one in Europe. I created there an exhibition of my paintings. It was a manifesto of Return to The Inside, to Nature, to Humanity. For the sensitive ones, the sensitive ones need a desert. I share topics that I explore myself, I have become the voice of the sensitive ones. Some people believe, which touches me a lot, that I myself am like this Desert, which, according to the Law of The Desert, triggers internal processes in self-discovery. I am definitely grateful that this project came to me, that it arose so naturally, I am grateful to myself that despite the odds, I stubbornly follow my visions, even though my mind wanted to stop me more than once. With paintings i go silent, everyone sees them through the prism of their inner self, I’m interested in the way of communication on a different, deeper level. The Law of The Desert wants to develop further, so stay tuned!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Perhaps my answer wil not sound conventional, but that’s very characteristic of me that I am most touched and moved by the journeys to the Inside, so when it comes to my friend or any other person, I absolutey recommend your own Inside. The desert supports the returns to the Inside. In this silence and emptiness you will hear an inner voice, catch up with what you have been running away from for a long time or discover what you really longed for, to feel, integrate, tame, to learn to communicate with emotions, with the body, with intuition, to choose supportive thoughts , consciously influence emotions, thoughts, create your identity from your heart, to free yourself from the past and trust the future, to feel good about yourself here and now. Take a deep breath in and out. The relationship with your Inside is a lifelong relationship, which is reflected in reality. What is inside, appears outside too. It is worth embarking on this fascinating journey that will last a lifetime. The more space we find in us for ourselves, self-acceptance, self-love, on a deep level, the more we have it for the world, we freely and openly share our talents with the world. You are here and that’s enough. I am therefore taking you on a trip through the Desert where the truth about us is visible!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
O. o. definitely dreams come through people! I am lucky because the world has always been supporting me, even if things were very bad, there was support from others. and when I consciously opened up to them, miracles began to happen. The book I recommend to everyone around the world is BRADSHAW, Reclaiming and Championing Your Inner Child. The list of people to whom I am grateful is long, and I have learned that each relationship teaches us something. A nod to my children Sambor and Blanka, the best teachers, and to Elżbieta Jastrzębska, she taught me to come back to my Inside. The Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow and my parents also had a huge impact on where I am now, in the support and challenges of these relationships.
Marcin Szymon Zakowicz