Interview: Maciej Pamieta
Luca Curci talks with Maciej Pamieta during LONDON CONTEMPORARY ART FAIR 2022, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
I was born in Gdansk, Poland in 97’ where I spent my childhood years. I moved to England with my family in 2012. I try to do and achieve as much as possible out of my 5 minutes on this floating rock. I have been skateboarding for a good majority of my life, which definitely set me on a strange but most definitely great path. I’m a deep fan of (almost) all kinds of music, art, and film. Most of my experience to me is a rather strange trip, therefore the “Travelling stranger”. I’ve been creatively driven almost most of my life, but only recently after playing around with paper collage and a certain way of painting I have found a way to express my ideas, the result of which is the body of work presented here.
Luca Curci – What is art to you?
Maciej Pamieta – It’s a way for me to challenge my understanding of everything, it’s a tool with which I can provoke myself to think, strip everything away and get down to the core of what I mean and stand for. But mostly it’s just a way to kill time, fill in the gap and make something cool for people to look at and enjoy (hopefully).
LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
MP – A high variety of everything, if I am to be completely honest, the other day I saw a bee struggling to leave my room through a closed window and that was enough to flood me with ideas. Mostly though I’d say music is a great inspiration, I love to try and recreate the feeling of ambience and tone music brings to me in my paintings, then different photographs and images, also just real-life situations and experiences are a great inspiration, different artist and people who commit to getting at least something done.
LC – What are you currently working on?
MP – Expanding my body of work, trying to come up with different ideas, slightly different colourways and more intricate designs, trying to work with different mediums and take my work beyond just painting on paper. At this point I feel like the list of future projects is already never-ending and it just keeps getting longer with every 5 minutes of silence my mind gets.
LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
MP – Waiting for the paint to dry before I can move on to doing the next bit.
LC – How is your creative process?
MP – Most of the time I start with either a photograph for the centrepiece, or an idea for the background, and then just take it from there, listen to my imagination or the “mind’s eye”, if you’d like to be poetic, and try to recreate my vision as close as possible with some paint on a piece of paper (whilst listening to really loud music of many different kinds, recently classical music proves to have quite a strong effect on my art). It doesn’t always work out, maybe I’m not really able to paint what I imagined or the idea itself isn’t very clear, here’s where chance might step in for a tag team, it’s very rare that I can just put down what I imagined and that’s the piece done, but those are definitely the easiest.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
MP – I think the fact that I use photographs of well, human characters, has a strong connection with the exhibition theme. I try to emphasise the energy of the people’s movement or intentions captured in the photograph, I think there is a sort of beauty and power to these photographs that can really have a strong meaning and effect. It sort of glares or shines at you with its might, I think it’s amazing how much influence a photograph can have on someone. Music has a similar effect, at least to me, it just sort of pulls you in, into its own universe.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
MP – The paintings I have selected are the first “ serious “ artwork that I started making, they are a mix of paper collages, different photographs or bits of painting I’ve done. With, I’d say, decorations or “backgrounds” or maybe even different worlds/dimensions I would have painted with the use of mainly enamel paint, but also acrylic paint and marker pens. At first, I wouldn’t really say there is much meaning behind them, I just sort of liked making aesthetically satisfying pictures that made your eyes go funny if you stared at them for too long, but the more I made and looked back at the ones I have made in the past, it occurred to me that they have a strong one might even say, metaphysical meaning to me, making statements or asking questions of maybe moral or ethical nature about which I will not write here because it would turn an interview Q&A into an existential scripture.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
MP – Yes I think it’s a great way for the artist to get their work out to a wider audience and as people say “ put their foot in the door “
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID platform? Did you enjoy cooperating with us ?
MP – I think it’s a great platform for up and coming artists to get their work out and meet other like-minded people. Its been a great pleasure working with the ITSLIQUID group, you guys have been very helpful with organising the show and all the details.