Interview: Magdalena Kubik
Luca Curci talks with Magdalena Kubik, one of the Honorable Mention winners during the ITSLIQUID International Contest – 8th edition.
I’m a graphic artist, creating large-scale graphics and installations. I graduated with an MFA in Poland in 1995. Now I’m a Ph.D. candidate at the Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts. Consequently, I have been active for several years as an artist in Europe. The theme and point of interest in these artworks is prayer, as a union of mind and a body, and also religious rituals of every faith that help us to achieve that union. Repetition, rhythm and a sense of movement are distinctive attributes of my art. Elements repeated in a recurring and regular arrangement, make it feel contemplative yet asking outward-looking, prompting questions that are relevant to today and that will stand the test of time. In this abstract way, I want to emphasize the unity of ours human nature, which is especially important in such heterogenic and diverse society as Chicago’s and what is to become an important issue in changing and developing societies of Europe, like Poland. The natural, flowing rhythm of waves is what most inspires me. I have taken the tapes of paper as my material of choice to emphasize the continuity and repetitive nature of all meditative technics. That approach towards materials and their potential across art – utilizing materials defined by their physicality, representing freedom from the constraints of traditional media in art history – let me develop my individual approach toward graphic art and my own technique of printing. As a result, I construct objects in large formats. The format of my works is important to indicate the importance of our inner life. Sometimes I blur the boundaries of two and three dimensions with my constructions – like in the latest “gold series”. My works are also often subject to a constant making process by adding and repositioning additional fragments.
Luca Curci – How did you get to your current artistic practice?
Magdalena Kubik – I’m involved in art for quite some time now, completing my artistic studies on two Academies of Fine Arts, but it was determined from there already. One question of particular interest would be what sprung it into life in the first place – I don’t know. Coincidence.
LC – What are you currently working on?
MK – At the moment, I’m working on large-scale drawings. It lets me conveniently working at home. It’s also a great opportunity to get back to the foundation of my art and the first step of my artistic journey.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in society? And contemporary art?
MK – Artists, all – poets, writers, musicians, and visual artists – are looking for a way to tell deeper about our human condition than our common language allows.
LC – Where do you find your inspiration and what is your creative process like?
MK – Sometimes it is the very material I’m working with, that inspires me and defines final artwork, but in the back of my mind, there is always a premonition of some supreme principle of everything, hidden for our eyes, that keeps me working. By working, mostly in a very tedious, repetitive manner, I’m striving to reveal that principle.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it like your medium of expression?
MK – I can’t say that there is one particular and concrete subject I’m working on. It’s more like looking for an answer on what exactly makes me keep working on those time-consuming, labor-intensive artworks. Process, repetition, and insight into myself are the structure of what I’m doing in art.
LC – How do you feel when you see your work completed?
MK – Usually, my opinion on the artwork needs some time to settle in. The thing is, the next work is usually a sequel to the previous one, so it’s never really completed…