Interview: Magdalena Nowak

Magdalena NowakImage courtesy of Magdalena Nowak

Interview: Magdalena Nowak

Luca Curci talks with Magdalena Nowak during CONSCIOUSNESS of ANIMA MUNDI festival 2017 in VENICE.

Magdalena Nowak (Mags) (b.1980) is a Polish born, Surrey based self-taught artist who graduated with a Tourism Management degree in Poland in 2003. Before settling in the UK in 2006 she travelled the world, living in different countries to experience the different cultures of the world which have had a large impact on her artistic style. While Mags has been creating art all her life it was not until 2009 that she publicly showcased her work in one of the Brick Lane Venues. She continues to attend multiple drawings groups in London and taking part in exhibitions. Mags has always had a keen interest in the human body and anatomy and has undertaken additional learning at the University of Surrey in Massage and Health and Social Care to gain a better understanding of the human form. She has taken this learning to create a combination of classic portrait drawings with pastels and contemporary elements with a unique twist painted with acrylics and ink.

 

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Luca Curci – Do you agree with our vision of art and what you think about the theme of the festival?

Magdalena Nowak – I was excited from the moment I saw the open call. I am fascinated about human mind and body so the theme of the festival was something corresponding with my field of interest. Concept of Anima Mundi has a rich history in philosophy and religions, so it can be interpreted differently. These what make theme interesting, engaging and absorbing.

L.C. – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?

M.N. – “Breaking Free” is one of the series of drawings I created for CONSCIOUSNESS. We often get lost in our thoughts and emotions on the past and future, we forget the amazing nature of the present moment. When our minds latch onto a specific feeling or emotion, sometimes it is hard to break ourselves free of it. I wanted to show that when we finally become conscious of our thoughts, we start leaving in the moment and realize that we are happy NOW. Like the birth of a butterfly as it tries to break free of its chrysalis. We wake up to beauty of the present moment.

 

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L.C. – What role does the art have in society?

M.N. – There are no right answers and there are multiple opinions. Personally I love art which provoke thinking, pieces which make my heart beat faster. In society art express important values, connects people with no exclusion of race, sex or religion. It plays important role in Health and Wellbeing of people any age and different backgrounds.

L.C. – How do you find creative inspiration?

M.N. – I do like work on the Themes, this makes me read, research, observe for long time to find ideas. I do love this process; even so it is the longest part of creation, it brings me lots of joy and satisfaction. I am inspired by people, history, politics, religion and medicine.

 

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L.C. – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?

M.N. – I work full time in Health and Wellbeing field so I find limited time to create. It makes me frustrated that when the idea/inspiration comes I am not able to just leave work and go. There is not enough hours in the day for any Artist.

L.C. – What is your idea about It’s Liquid Group?

M.N. – It is a great platform for artists to gain information about events, exhibitions and open calls. It’s Liquid Group gave me amazing opportunity to showcase my talent, meet incredible people, travel and exhibit in beautiful city. Thank you to the team for organizing amazing venue in Venice. Can not wait to work with you again.

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