Interview: Silvia Macková
Luca Curci talks with Silvia Macková during MIXING IDENTITIES, second appointment of CANVAS INTERNATIONAL ART FAIR 2023, at Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello.
Silvia Macková is a Slovak artist whose paintings have found a new home in various countries around the world. Her work is characterized by diversity not only in the styles, and techniques but also in the colors she uses. She enjoys experimenting and trying to what anything possible to paint an image. In her work, you can find paintings in the style of pop art, fantasy, and drawings with pen, ink, watercolour, but for most of the last years, abstract creation has dominated. The paintings are made with a combined technique of mixing different media through acrylic paints, ink, modelling pastes of various structures, pouring, using markers, oil crayons and various others. Silvia has exhibited her art at many individual and collective exhibitions.
Luca Curci – What is art for you?
Silvia Macková – Art is a way to express emotions, our own perception of what is around us, but also a way to convey the beauty of the surroundings. Art speaks a universal language and doesn´t need an interpreter. Thanks to this, it can spread to people from different countries of the world and at the same time connect them. It´s a distinctive communication tool with enormous variability, in which everyone can find their place. Art creates harmony, is relaxing and gives meaning to my life. I can’t imagine living without art!
LC – How much has the city/country in which you grew up/born affected your work as an artist?
SM – Slovakia has influenced my journey significantly and in its own way is still shaping it. I started to devote myself to fine art as a child when I attended an art course for several years, where I had an excellent teacher, and that’s where my love for this art began. Although my career went in a different direction, I returned to art in 2016 and I am active in this direction. Slovakia is a beautiful country where you can find a lot of inspiration for creation, but on the other hand, visual art is not popular here. As an artist without an art diploma, I don’t have many opportunities to exhibit my work in this country. On the other hand, I have many invitations from foreign galleries that are interested in my work, and I gladly accept their invitations. My paintings have already found a new home in many countries of the world.
LC – What issues do you intend to deal with in the future?
SM – I plan to continue on my way. In the near future, I will be illustrating a book for children, which is educational and focused on the topic of ecology and zero waste. At the same time, I will continue to paint images, gain new experiences, try to improve and participate in exhibitions.
LC – Are your artworks focused on a specific theme?
SM – My work is diverse. I´m a person who likes to try new possibilities in the artwork of creation and the topic changes as well. One style can be dominant at a certain time, but usually, I combine it with others. I used to focus more on portraits in pop art style, I also painted e.g. animals combined with experimental abstract. When the time covid came, I had a 3-month break from painting and drew coloring books for children that they were free to download on my pages. I tried to make the children’s time a little better during the lockdown. Then I returned to my work and started trying other techniques – drawings with ink, pen, watercolor, etc. Subsequently, I started to paint abstract paintings, and these have been dominant in recent years. I like the freedom it gives in creating, and I also like to try different media, combine different techniques, and also try everything I can paint with besides a brush and a spatula.
LC – Do you use art to express something in particular? Is it your medium of expression?
SM – I think a little bit of everything. In my abstract paintings, in which I mix media, the theme of nature prevails, or I paint the music that I play in my mind. There is no painting that does not represent something specific. There are images in which I insert e.g. words for reflection or motivation, or I hide something into them and the people can have fun while searching.
LC – Do you agree with our vision of art and what do you think about the theme of the exhibition?
SM – Definitely! I like the theme of the exhibition very much and when I see the list of exhibitions of this Canvas International Art Fair, I chose this one because I knew immediately which paintings will match perfectly.
LC – Can you explain something about the artworks you have in our exhibition?
SM – There are three of my paintings in the exhibition – Mother Earth, Goddess and New Day. It is a series of paintings that have a special meaning for me. Their topic came to me somewhat unconventionally – in a dream. Mother Earth is like the fifth element that tries to keep the Earth in balance despite all the problems of our planet. She is in the middle of the painting and her tentacles seem to embrace the whole Earth. Goddess is like the goddess of the Earth, who is sad when she sees how people treat nature and our planet in general. Despite this, she tries to gather all her strength and save the Earth. New Day brings hope with the rising sun. All three entities have their eyes closed, which enhances their perception with other senses, and we humans could learn from this as well. This entire process from the idea to the realization of all three paintings was completed at the beginning of 2022. Subsequently, the war in Ukraine began and the paintings took on a deeper meaning.
LC – Do you think ITSLIQUID GROUP can represent an opportunity for artists?
SM – Certainly yes. This cooperation gives the opportunity to artists from different countries of the world to present their work in beautiful places. In my case, it is Palazzo Albrizzi-Capello, which has amazing architecture and at the same time it´s possible to meet other interesting people, and exchange experiences with other artists. Likewise, the website is clear and you can easily find information about events, artists, etc.
LC – What do you think about the organization of our event?
SM – In my opinion, the organization of the exhibition is very good and at a professional level. Communication is fast and even if there was a problem, we solved it in another way. Also, communication with the recommended shipping company is easy and the overall process is much easier.