Back in 2012, a new artist exploded like a sun gone nova onto Pixels. Her name was Edyta Lipinska. She lived in England and was of Polish descent, I believe. She made pictures like no one else: surreal collages of equal parts horror and humor with an undercurrent of eroticism. In the world of iPhonic art, she seemed to me to be a cross between the tragic artist and Andy Warhol protegé Basquiat and the tragic writer and poet, Sylvia Plath, the former dying of an overdose, the latter, suicide.
One morning, I got a couple of text messages that Sylvia was threatening to commit suicide on Facebook and could I do something. I texted her and we had a long chat about her addiction to prescription drugs. Klonopin was one of them. I don’t remember the others, but she was in bad shape and those benzo drugs are incredibly hard to kick. I suggested Narcotics Anonymous, to no avail. In the end, I offered to build her a website for her art, which I did. She used it for a while.
The iphonic art community raised some money to help her out at one point later on. We remained friends on Facebook, but at some point, she quit posting pictures and disappeared. I can find no trace of her anywhere now. I’m afraid she joined the ranks of many other great, tragic artists on the other side. I’d love to find out I’m wrong.
She was an incredible artist. I loved her titles. What a talent. What a mind.
I thought I would share some of her work. I saved all of it. I’ll do another gallery of her work some other time.