Interview: Marek Borkowski
Luca Curci talks with Marek Borkowski during OUT OF BALANCE, second appointment of CANVAS International Art Fair, at THE LINE Contemporary Art Space.
I was born in Poland, relocated to the United Kingdom decades ago… Even though I don’t like to label or categorize myself, because nether a name nor any labels would ever describe whom I truly am, but in the field of art I can be an expressionist abstract artist. My work is a pure expression of the deeply suppressed and overflowing mind, which express itself on a canvas through me. My mind is like a sponge, absorbing not only others energy and feelings but psychic energy therefore each work can be a mixer of all. I love painting, painting not knowing what would be the end result, it feels that I am guided by unknown sources or energy which cannot be described in words, it is a mystery. Even though I painted a few pieces in the past, my true creativity took over at the beginning of 2020, my first painting was done at the end of April 2020. Since that, my work have been exhibited not only in UK, but also in Europe and Canada.
Luca Curci – What’s your background? What is the experience that has influenced your work the most?
Marek Borkowski – The background is very simple: decades of unbearable suffering and endless searching for something I didn’t know. The past has gone, but the deeply suppressed feelings are there trying to come to the day light. Throughout many years, I studied different subjects from philosophy, psychology to many others about alternative mental and physical health; I never finished studying many of them. I have never attended any form of art study to learn how to paint, some are calling themselves “self-taught”, but I’m not a self-taught, I have never learned how to paint though I had to unlearn what was accumulated in the mind over decades to be free to reclaim my inborn creativity. A major break through was a moment when my mind stopped, the voice in my head gave in therefore I was free to see more than the mind would allowed me to see, to be able to be self, free of all. As a result of that I developed an uncontrollable urge to paint.
LC – Which subject are you working on?
MB – It has been only one subject: cleansing the mind or be used by the overflowing mind to portray itself though painting. Some of my works are very dark, some are lighter, some are with heavy texture or different texture, and all that comes as a result of energy or feelings portrayed by the mind on a canvas.
LC – Which is the role the artist plays in the society? And the contemporary art?
MB – Regarding the role art plays in the society, I can say I will try to paint my opinion, but they might be not the one that all professionals have. For generations a specially modern art invites the society to go deeper and open its minds to see what cannot be seen by the eyes, which are controlled by heavy conditioned mind. Modern artist often portrays the dysfunction and the unquestioned believes of our society, hate and horror in an artist way, how an artist portrays it. Very often, not only modern art but the art at large is misunderstood by society.
LC – What is your creative process like?
MB – My creative process is very simple, or no process at all: it is my life or away of living. I am a very visual creature, seeing more than the mind can see, therefore my creativity is very much spontaneous, unplanned; further I go more I see. My painting starts with a blank canvas; then I look the paint, the many colours I have and I choose the one I am attracted to. So the process begins, but the end result is unknown. That works with everything, no matter what I do or what I am creating, no rules, no “should I, or shouldn’t I”. It’s very simple.
LC – In which way the artwork presented in our exhibition is connected with the festival’s theme?
MB – All my artworks are the expression of the chaotic, unbalanced, overflowing mind. The 3 pieces look different but all of them is an expression of a part of my mind, which is very much ‘out of balance’ according to the society’s rules and believes. Unbalance, never fit in to!
LC – We were attracted by your last artistic production, has the artwork presented been created for the festival or as a part of preexisting works?
MB – The artworks presented were created even before I applied, but I didn’t even know about OUT OF BALANCE exhibition. After the submission, I had an email from Giulia with a suggestion about this exhibition, and I was thrilled, because that was not only what my artwork is, but what my whole life is, who I am – a crazy and chaotic me, or a very relaxed, caring and loving creature.
LC – What do you think about ITSLIQUID Platform? Did you enjoy cooperating with us?
MB – ITSLIQUID Platform is the best I came across, I loved the cooperation with Giulia. I am grateful for her help and being patient with my childish like and chaotic mind. She was guiding me from the beginning until my painting were delivered to the gallery. I shall stay connected and will participate in other events but first I need to raise some finance. Thank you for being of help and support for artists. Love and Light to you all.