Originally from Cape Town, Kaczmarek currently lives and works in Johannesburg. She specializes in printmaking, which she explores through her art practice and her work for David Krut Workshop. She obtained a BA in Fine Art from the University of Cape Town’s Michaelis School of Fine Art before working as a printer and studio manager at Warren Editions Print Studio. She won a gold medal in the Absa Art and Life Awards for Printmaking in 2012 and has done internships at the London Print Studio and at Amsterdam’s Grafisch Atelier in 2013. Kaczmarek is currently pursuing a Masters in Fine Art from the University of Johannesburg.
Focused on the sensibilities and relationship between humans and nature, Kaczmarek’s printmaking and paintings delve into the uncanny darkness of the scenes beneath the canopy of leafy forests and the desolate land and soothing seascapes. Through expressive, painterly marks, Kaczmarek explores the dichotomies of our separation from and our closeness to nature; how we attempt to package and shape the environment, yet revel in its wildness.