Iness Rychlik is a Polish-born photographer and filmmaker with a particular interest in historical drama. Despite her severe myopia, she has been dedicated to visual storytelling for over a decade. Iness graduated with First Class Honours in Film from Screen Academy Scotland.
Set in Victorian London, her final-year film ‘The Dark Box’ follows an unhappily married woman, who pursues photography to escape from her oppressive relationship. ‘The Dark Box’ premiered at Camerimage, where Iness received a Golden Tadpole nomination for her cinematography. Most recently, she shot and directed two mini-documentaries about art for the BBC Scotland. Rychlik’s still images are published on book covers worldwide. In the past year, her focus has expanded from portraiture to dark feminine erotica. Iness is fascinated by the idea of conveying sexuality and cruelty in a subtle evocative way. Her disturbing self-portraits provoke the viewer’s imagination, rather than satisfy it. Iness is based out of London and Edinburgh. ARTIST STATEMENT – ‘BEAUTY AND DECAY’ Being a woman means being a subject of harassment and unwanted attention on a regular basis. In my self-portraits, I use genuine antique garments or props to depict the parallels between my experiences and the inferior female position in Victorian Britain. Despite living in a modern society where education and professional development are widely accessible, I sometimes feel reduced to the role of a mere exhibit; a still doll. My conceptual work illustrates the painful frustration of being forced into a submissive and ornamental position.