Interview: Greta Agneza
Luca Curci talks with Greta Agneza during the 18th Edition of VENICE INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Greta Agneża-Siemczuk was born in Hrubieszów. She graduated from the Institute of Art of the Pedagogical University of Krakow. She has now become permanently associated with Krakow, she lives and works here. Her work has been related to animals for many years. She creates a series of paintings depicting birds, horses, cats and dogs… The topic of animals gives her endless inspiration and opportunities for development. He likes to paint in the privacy of his home. In peace. Slowly. Her painting is not a scream, a manifesto… it is a form of internal reportage – a perception of nature. Taming. Gives joy. Koi. It becomes a reflection created from the experience of being close to nature and animals. Most often, he paints on canvas, but he also likes to work on paper. Her paintings are included in private collections in Poland, the USA and Brazil. France, Norway.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Greta Agneza – I spent my childhood in a small town, but what was more important was that I could experience contact with nature, thanks to the fact that my parents were engaged in fish breeding and had breeding ponds. This place is still an enclave for many species of birds, plants and animals. This experience of being in the middle of the natural world played a huge role in my painting and contact with art. Through observation and learning to respect nature, I began to express myself in topics related to and around animals. In the aspect of respect for nature, humility, beauty, and recently also out of fear of the threat to the natural world that we humans unfortunately generate, I created a series of works showing the beauty of animals, their character and the perception of nature as something unique and soothing.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
GA – The subject of the works is related to animals and the relationship between people and animals. I’m currently working on a cat painting 🙂
LC – What do you think about art on social media? Are they turning into the new showcases of contemporary art?
GA – Definitely yes! Thanks to my social media profiles, I am in contact with clients, I can share what I do and I know from experience, although I thought that such things don’t happen, at least not to me, I was noticed and invited to a wonderful artistic event.
LC – What issues do you intend to deal with in the future?
GA – I would like to continue to develop topics related to nature, convey how important it is in our lives and how our admiration for it makes us more sensitive and responsible for our surroundings.
LC – Is there an unrealised or unrealisable project, even a crazy one, that you would like to work on?
GA – When creating one image, I automatically move on to the next one, developing the idea or technical aspects, but I see that the dream of a series of works concerning endangered animal species, especially birds, will be another challenge for me.
LC – What is the message linked to the artwork you have shown in this event? How is it connected to the theme of the entire exhibition?
GA – During the 18th Venice Art Fair, I had the pleasure of showing the works “Wróble”. I presented sparrows, small birds whose population has been decreasing dramatically for several years, and until recently they were the most popular birds in Poland and beyond. The relationship between man and the earth and nature is inseparable, so it is very important to increase public awareness of environmental protection issues.
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the exhibition or as a part of preexisting works?
GA – Both. The painting was created for the 14th Biennale in Florence and fits perfectly into the issues related to the Itsliquid group, which supports increasing public awareness of environmental issues such as climate change and pollution.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform?
GA – I look at the platform with curiosity, I find many issues within my interests.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
GA – I am very happy that I took part in the 18th Venice Art Fair. The organization is excellent, e-mail exchange, questions and help with transport made me feel very taken care of. I rate it as very professional.