(b. 1978) – artist, painter. She has developed an original style that combines the realism of a painting with an expressive struggle against matter, i.e. paint. Color plays an important role in her work; it is through color that the artist plays with light, emotion, and power of a depicted scene. The starting point for her formally refined images is often literature, particularly works by Doris Lessing, Margaret Atwood, and Virginia Woolf. In Kowynia’s paintings one can discern an interest in ecology, feminism, memory, and family relations. Rather than giving an account of what her eye or imagination have registered, but the artist evokes the emotions that accompany particular circumstances. The depicted situations, seemingly ordinary and domesticated, are never unambiguous.