In recognition of Polish American Heritage Month, Lincoln Belmont Branch hosts an exhibit featuring artist Kinga Szopinska from October 1 through November 30.
"I am a Polish muralist and illustrator based out of Chicago. I utilize storytelling techniques to discuss the feelings of vulnerability that I felt when coming to America at a young age. I struggle to fit in and find a balance between American and Polish values. I channel the dissociation I feel from my conflicting worlds onto characters that are meant to bring a sense of familiarity and comfort to those that deal with self-struggle, letting them know they are not alone.
"My exploration of the human condition has led me to seek out places where I can activate the symbolism in my work to a physical force. For the past few years, I have been volunteering at the Arts of Life, an organization that connects people with or without disabilities through the use of creative outputs. Currently, I am a teaching artist at The Green Star Movement, where I continue to work with kids and teens on creating mosaic murals that engage low-budget communities. Taking part in actions to inspire people has expanded my passion for exploring the human condition.
"As the continuum of new materials and stimuli from my surroundings challenges and inspires me, I try to find new ways to express my thoughts through art and help those who deal with self-struggle."