Before the flames

are a series of linocuts made during the artist’s residency in Banská Stiavnica. The artist used pieces of linoleum found in her graphic studio. Fine scratches, damage caused by prolonged exploitation of the floors’ surface, have become an integral part of the work of Bianca Rolando. Thus, the artist immortalized ‘traces’ of past events, placing them in her linocuts. The graphics have been included in Bianka Rolando’s book of prose poems, Podpłomyki [Before the Flames], published in 2012.

Bianka Rolando (b.1979) is a visual artist, poet and prose writer, living and working in Poznań. She works in drawing, photography and installation.