Interviews | April 15, 2024 |

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Interview: Ania Mikulska
Luca Curci
talks with Ania Mikulska during the 13th edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2023, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

Ania Mikulska (b. 1974, Katowice), a graduate of the Katowice Academy of Fine Arts (1999). After graduating from the art academy, she took up graphic design. Recently returned to painting. She does acrylic painting, sometimes in combination with pastel technique. Interested in metaphysical spaces, layering, and weaving together visible and invisible waves of reality expressed in color and texture, her works are an intuitive, organic, often abstract record of the moment. They are a kind of therapy, meditation and struggle sometimes hooked on the specified form and shape and sometimes flowing completely loose and ambiguous. The artist’s works have made their home in private collections in Spain, USA, Ireland, Great Britain, Israel and Poland.

“After a long break, I returned to acrylic painting, which has become an area of research, exploration, therapy and meditation for me. I have always dreamed of creating paintings that send chills down the soul, touching some mystery of my person, but also of the viewer. I am happy when I meet people who can read my paintings. This understanding is my motivation and inspiration. The permeation, overlapping, entanglement, and ambiguity created by layering is for me a reflection of stages, phases, and moments – a record of time, movement and change in life. I compare my work to the operation of an electrocardiograph or seismograph.”

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Luca Curci – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
Ania Mikulska –
Every time I enter the studio, I express gratitude because I enjoy the place. When I start working on a painting I don’t have ready-made designs or visions, I start with the color that resonates in my imagination that day and let it guide me. I often ask: what’s next? Sometimes I find a solution fairly quickly other times it can take up to a year. What is important for me is to have a full internal agreement with what I have painted. I work on the painting until I achieve this.

LC – Which subject are you working on?
AM –
I do not impose themes on myself, rather I follow intuitively, stage by stage. It is more of a journey into the unknown, rather than following a plan. I know the result when the painting is finished. It is a kind of meditation seasoned with curiosity – where are we going?

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LC – Among the several techniques you use, which one do you prefer to practice and which of them are most compelling for you?
AM –
I am mainly engaged in acrylic painting. In addition to the possibilities offered by paint in the sense of blobs, lasers, etc., I feel the need for the presence of lines and dashes. Recently I have been experimenting with candle crayons, which gives me incredible joy. I combine acrylic with crayons on canvas and also on paper or cardboard. For the moment, this is the language of my expression.

LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
AM –
On the one hand, my works are rather abstract, but they arise from a very concrete charge of what I have met, what I have experienced, and what I follow. It is not a social or political manifesto, but I trust that I am expressing myself in a deeper area that each of us has. And I am happy when I find an audience that reads these messages. What do I want to express? – The presence of multilevel Sense.

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LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
AM –
I react to colors, textures, surfaces, layers, the complexity of reality, the meanderings of memory, the paths of thought, the overlapping of different planes, and the interpenetration of aspects. From such stirrings, I build images using my own language. I am moved by the presence of many layers, stages, and components of life, which have a holistic meaning, what inner shape we take. I talk about it with colors, shades, lines, and the permeation of layers.

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
AM –
This is my first time working with you and I am just getting to know you. What I see so far is a thoughtful, professional and well-organized event. Both sections of the 13th edition of CONTEMPORARY VENICE 2023 i.e. MIXING IDENTITIES and FUTURE LANDSCAPES open very interesting areas for artists. My works are very well located in the areas of Mixing Identities.

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LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
AM –
I showed 2 works. “Bruised Reed” acrylic on canvas 100/70 cm. Abstract painting painted in multiple layers with lasering and also clear lines. The dynamics of the form, the lines and twists, and the multi-action of the background reflect the agitation, and the confusion taking place around and also in the half-broken title reed itself. The metaphorical reed is not broken completely. It is a captured moment, a condition, an identity that can resolve whether it will yield to the end or rise. The colors are used to intensify this moment of transformation, temporariness, and uncertainty. And “Sunny Intervals” acrylic on canvas + pastels 100/70 cm. Sometimes the light doesn’t seem to reach our way of seeing reality. We perceive the course of things flatly, dully. Dark spots seem to dirty the image. We only distinguish the intensity of the spots and are able to tell where it is a little brighter. There is no space, there are no panoramic views, and what is in front of us seems darkened and faces us like a compact wall. In an abstract way, this is what the painting is talking about. A moment in which there is no clear light only a faint trace of brightening. The two images go well side by side, especially since the colors resonate.

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LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
AM –
As I mentioned, the whole process of selecting works and preparing the exhibition is very smooth and professional. The event is very well prepared and opens doors for artists.

LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
AM –
The ITSLIQUID platform is well-designed and very dynamic. The multitude of events certainly attracts attention. Well-connected, it gives clear information and terms of cooperation.

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
AM –
Certainly, working with you is an interesting experience. The efficient and extremely patient information service is very helpful. Thank you!

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