Interview: Beáta Czudor
Luca Curci talks with Beáta Czudor during RITUALS, first appointment of ANIMA MUNDI 2022, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Sometimes, when we are looking at some pictures, we notice only a system of lines that makes a kind of landscape, an organic form. We don’t really know if that is a river, a tree, or anything else. If we grow a small thing, or if we reduce a big one, we don’t know exactly anymore what we are looking at. If we change scales, we get interesting pictures because striking similarities come out from the observed structures. What we see depends finally on our point of view. Born in 1986 in Salgótarján, Hungary, Beáta Czudor lives and works in Budapest. She started French studies here, then she decided to move to France where she stayed for ten years. She studied at the Marseille-Mediterranean College of Art and Design where she graduated in 2015. She continued her art practice and parallelly she worked at the Vasarely Foundation of Aix-en-Provence for a few years. She came back to Hungary where she has her painting studio, and she teaches art to children.
She likes to mix different techniques like drawing, painting, photos, and cyanotypes. Her compositions balance the border of figural and abstract representation. They are the results of walks, sketches, and her imagination. The spots, colors, and grid lines are details, reminiscent of organic shapes, and landscapes. Recurring motifs are stones, trees, leaves, eggs, birds, houses, roots… She made a lot of photos and drawings outside in nature and after in the studio. These are not sketches, but motif collections, based on soil cracks, leaf pieces, branches, or other details. Shapes and surfaces like these appear and are emphasized in her compositions, mixed with other imaginary patterns.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Beáta Czudor – For me, art is a possibility to express and create feelings. It helps us to see the word in different ways. Art connects people, and at the same time, it permits us to disconnect from the quotidian.
LC – What are your thoughts while you paint? Do you have any habits or rituals while you work?
BC – In general, I have an intention and not an exact idea when I start to paint. I think of colors, shapes, materials, and my sensations of the moment. The composition is evolving like that, step by step. I like to paint horizontally, if it’s possible, the canvas is on the ground, and I move around while painting.
LC – How is being an artist nowadays?
BC – I think that it depends on the personality of each artist, and even on the medium that they practice. For me, it’s important to find the balance between painting, family, and teaching. I love art, especially painting, drawing, and photos, and I couldn’t do it.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
BC – Yes, it is. In my artworks, I’m interested in unexpected changes in materials and details. Fragments of nature, lines, and stains around us inspire me to paint. A small and unnoticed motive can become an interesting composition.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
BC – I work on two or three pictures at the same time. I paint them in series and there is a connection between them. I feel glad when I complete a painting, and I’m always thinking immediately about the next one.
LC – What do you think about the concept of this exhibition? How did it inspire you?
BC – The concept of ANIMA MUNDI exhibition is very inspiring to me. When I read about it, I was motivated to participate, because the connection between vegetal or mineral shapes interests me while painting.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
BC – Water root and Feathers take part in the Traces series. Shadows, outside-inside, positive-negative forms have for long excited me, as can be seen in these cyanotypes. These works were made during the covid quarantine between March and June 2020 in Éguilles, a village in France, where I lived at the time. This is when I drew and collected the shapes of my compositions. These works are prints of leaves, feathers, plants, pieces of stones, and fragments of nature. The cyanotype technique is connected to the light, as the rays of the sun evoke the shapes and drawings placed on the paper.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
BC – I think that ITSLIQUD GROUP opens a great possibility for artists to show their works in international art spaces, and the concept of their exhibitions is very interesting.
LC – Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
BC – Yes, I’m very happy that I could cooperate with you and show my cyanotypes during the ANIMA MUNDI exhibition in Venice.
LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
BC – Your services are very professional and motivating. Of course, I will suggest to other artists to collaborate with you, and I hope as well that I can do it again in the future.