My name is Renata Gołaszewska-Adamczyk and I come from Poland. I graduated from the Faculty of Art Education and from the Academy of Film & Theatre Make-Up. For many years I worked with children with intellectual disabilities as a caregiver, teacher and occupational therapist. One of the methods I used in my work was art therapy and one of my initiatives was a project called a Magical Journey in which I used makeup techniques to do makeovers. It allowed me to fulfil some of the dreams of the children in my charge, to make them feel for a while as a beautiful actress or as a character from long ago.
I have been working as a doll artist for the past 4 years. I made my first doll for my daughter Hania. Motherhood awoke in me many old memories. The emotions of children and people with intellectual disabilities are always genuine and therefore beautiful. Through my dolls I’m trying to show that the external beauty of a person comes from their inner beauty.
I have shown my dolls in collective and individual exhibitions. Many of them have been bought by collectors. I am also a co-founder of a Polish Art Doll group called POLA, which aims to promote this beautiful, yet relatively little known art in Poland.
My dolls come from a land dearly missed and fondly remembered by grown-ups: the Land of Childhood.
My dolls are very personal. My purpose in using this form of art is to show the beauty of a person.
However, I don’t focus on the external, but the internal characteristics and emotions.
I would like people to see that true beauty of a person flows from the heart. And if it is genuine, it never passes away.