Interview: Agnieszka Kopczyńska Kardaś
Luca Curci talks with Agnieszka Kopczyńska Kardaś during FRAGMENTED IDENTITIES, the second appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2021, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Faculty of Painting and Graphics. She received a diploma in Painting and Graphics in 1993. Registered as a member of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers and the International Association of Unesco Artists. In 2001, one of the paintings was included in the collection of the National Museum in Gdańsk. Since 1998 she has been cooperating with the POSK Gallery in London. In 1993-1998 registered as a member of the German group Creactive and cooperation with the Dino Da Vinci Gallery in Hanover. From 2018 made cooperation with Galeria Glaza in Gdańsk. From 2019 started cooperation with Harpo’s association French Art Festival Décades de la Peintur (The Festival of Emerging and Independent Artists). In the last 5 years, several works have been purchased by foreign collectors in the USA, Germany and Poland.
Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Agnieszka Kopczyńska Kardaś – Many factors have impact on my current art practice, not just studying in an Academy of fine arts but traveling, passion for sightseeing, and fascination for art encouraged by my parents. My father was a famous neurosurgeon whose personality miraculously attracted medical and artistic community. Artists were always present in our home, visiting the most important European museums, concerts, art exhibitions.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
AKK – Inspiration is everywhere, I never part with sketching.I keep them as small drawings, add some notes to create the final shape of my vision. I do my best to prepare my projects and materials for my work. While painting I record all my thoughts and associations to create exact colour and forms, encode and identify them with my message.
LC – Which art themes do you pursue? What is your preferred subject, if there is any?
AKK – Oil painting, colours were fascinating me the most, later other techniques: assemblage, collage from different materials: bark, metal pieces, plastic, roots. I found inspiration in a variety of textures their origin and interaction. Items that don’t match, existing next to each other, naturally occurring. It was the beginning of the theme which interests me till up today, alienation, loneliness, contrasts in our surrounding.
LC – How do you choose your subjects? Is it a reasoned or an instinctive process?
AKK – My topics are: existence in the world, looking for yourself, loneliness, confusion. In the beginning of my art practice I was not able to recognise it.I used to to record fascinating phenomena e.g:contrast levels, texture and colours. There are many experiments in mixing different materials and attempts to formulate my credo: “Along the road I memorise snapshots of landscapes, Texture with texture, Colour with colour I create a new product Metal, iron, car body. It’s inseparable part of my landscape Taken from the road, outside a window car. Inseparable from a human being”.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
AKK – I am extremely satisfied from achieving the desired effect. After a long process of preparing the project , finally the goal is achieved. I realise that everyone has different feelings about my paintings but the power of emotions which I want to show will win at last.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the festival?
AKK – The topic of Borders Art Fair 2021 festival was emphasised on feelings and finding yourself in the modern world. I’ve noticed a variety of techniques, openness to various artistic activities, interest in art.That’s fine and refreshing.Each artist has unusual vision and interesting artistic form to present in Itsliquid.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
AKK – For the first time I presented four paintings from a new series “Suspended” in the in the last exhibition Fragmented Identities. That series was created in the worst time of pandemic, where there was nothing happening around me, end of inspiration, I felt burnt out.I felt as if time has paused and nothing mattered. My paintings resemble freeze, no motions. Forms and colours flow, they move in their places, unpredictably they stop, they freeze, they hang in space, motionless, no place no time. Suspended.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
AKK – I am very happy from discovering Itsliquid and to be in the artist team. Excellent organised event curator Luca Curci and Giulia Tassi. A beautiful place, arrangement of exhibition.Thanks to Itsliquid I got new proposals for my exhibition in other Italian galleries, an article in Deluxshionist newspaper.I think that working with artists is the passion of all the agency team.
LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
AKK – I am ver glad that exhibition took place despite of the difficult pandemic time. I was not able to participate personally but I received lots of photos and films. I am looking forward to participating in more exhibitions. My dream is New York and maybe it will come to true one day thanks to Itsliquid.
LC – What is your idea about ITSLIQUID GROUP?
AKK – Just be there. Support amazing artists. Thanks to all the team for sharing my paintings, great response, positive reaction.