INTERVIEW: Magdalena Piwko-Chudzik | ITSLIQUID

INTERVIEW: Magdalena Piwko-Chudzik

Interviews | October 5, 2023 |

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Image courtesy of Magdalena Piwko-Chudzik

Interview: Magdalena Piwko-Chudzik
Luca Curci
talks with Magdalena Piwko-Chudzik during the FUTURE LANDSCAPES, third appointment of BORDERS ART FAIR 2023 held in Venice at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.

“I am a graduate of the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts, a member of the Association of Polish Artists OW and the Association of Polish Painters and Graphic Designers. I practice contemporary painting, sculpture, graphics and create installations. I presented my works at 19 individual exhibitions and over 100 collective presentations. Through art I try to organize life events, emotions and interactions with the outside world. There are strong autobiographical accents in my work. For me, art becomes an emanation of hidden meanings emerging from the subconscious, to which I cannot access through a conscious act of will. Unprocessed emotions, repressed facts, and uncomfortable events require ordering. This microcosm of the soul creates an alternative, oneiric world, sometimes illegible and inconsistent, full of symbolism and hidden meanings, functioning contrary to the laws of logic. I like to work in cycles, the series of works Body Memory , which is a collection of painting collages, is inspired by the works of Robert Raushenberg, Tadeusz Kantor and Władysław Hasior. In these works, I treated the fabric as a “second skin”, and the clothes used in the works belonged to people close to me and were marked by their emotions and experiences, provoking questions about the essence of humanity. My achievements also include other thematic series, e.g. Graphic tapestries , Portrait of warp and weft, Windows and linocuts Dialogue with the master.”

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Image courtesy of Magdalena Piwko-Chudzik

LUCA CURCI – Which subject are you working on?
MAGDALENA PIWKO-CHUDZIK – My work oscillates around topics related to various aspects of human existence. I am trying to show the complexity of his mental structure, which is multidimensional, elusive and cannot be confined into rigid frames. I also treat art as a medium to express myself, for me it is a form of therapy, relaxation and meditation. It makes it easier for me to establish contact with my deep self, regain peace, harmony and balance. It helps organize events, experiences and emotions. My works clearly show the private aspect and traces of interactions with close people, which largely constitute my psychological portrait. In a sense, the works constitute my self-portrait, and at the same time they have a universal dimension. I try to build a multi-faceted narrative about a person, their fears, anxieties, desires, feelings and reflections. I think that some recipients, due to the similarity of their experiences or sensitivities, can identify with them and find traces of their own biography there.

LC – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
MP –
I’ve been drawing, painting and playing with play dough since I was a child. During my university years at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, I realised that art has to come from the artist’s heart, from the soul, it has to be honest and authentic. That art is not only about creating things that are beautiful but also real.

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Image courtesy of Magdalena Piwko-Chudzik

LC – What are the three hashtags essential to define your poetics that you could not give up?
MP –
#mixmedia #weaver of my own life#therapeutic creative meditation

LC – Where do you find your inspiration?
MP –
Everywhere: in people, in nature, at the exhibitions in the galleries I visit. But most importantly inspiration comes to me when I meditate, it comes from the inside.

LC – What is the most challenging part about creating your artworks?
MP –
The fact that I am constantly looking for new ways of expression so I keep changing and combining different media. I need to learn how to work with them which takes a lot of time and effort and I’m not always happy with the results. But this curiosity is stronger than me and I let myself explore. I very often feel like a child playing with new toys, every new technique is like an adventure, it inspires me. After all, it is the creative process that I care about, not the result itself.

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Image courtesy of Magdalena Piwko-Chudzik

LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
MP –
I really like the initiative. “Future Landscapes” is a very broad concept, I really could’ve let my creativity flow.

LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the exhibition’s theme?
MP –
“Future Landscapes” is the subject of the exhibition. I am exhibiting the works on paper focused on body and its physicality. These are minimalistic, black and white lino prints with the compositions consisting of lines and dots. They are the landscapes of bodies. On one of the 4 works that I present at the exhibition, woven from colourful newspapers, I present my double-sided portrait that I made during the pandemic. I worked on it for a long time, highly focused, which allowed me to forget about the fact that people get sick and suffer. The work is cheerful and full of hope for a better future.

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Image courtesy of Magdalena Piwko-Chudzik

LC – Would you suggest a collaboration with us? What do you think about our services?
MP –
A very beautiful exhibition. The palace rooms are nice, well lit. The Renaissance-style painting on the ceilings looks interesting as a permanent exhibition and contemporary painting on pictures. I think this is a nice combination. My work is well displayed and looks good among other works. I didn’t go to the opening, but I went to Venice especially in my free time during the holidays. I met Maria Terese and the exhibition manager. It was very nice.

LC – What are your suggestions about our services? Is there something more we can provide to artists?
MP –
Maybe it would be a good idea to tag the artists on your social media channels so that they could get more reach and followers themselves.

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Image courtesy of Magdalena Piwko-Chudzik

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