Magdalena Gluszak-Holeksa

2019, Wimbledon College of Arts, UAL
"I evoke fleeting personal moments – some from the past and some from the future. These landscapes and sceneries seem to be never settled, as though they are in a constant transformation. Forms turn into mountains, water evaporates, the figure becomes a glacier, hair is a frozen nocturnal waterfall. The foliage of a forest disappears into trails of smoke. As we naturally find safety and comfort in knowledge and familiarity my work aims to encourage reasoning that engages with the hypothetical and perhaps not fully comprehensible. What is more accurate - is it what happened, what is now, or what is going to be? ​​Painting allows me to explore this uncertainty as a state of mind, and create new compositional narratives from photographs of objects and landscape around the place where I grew up, as well as places I only passed through.
Through collage, I carefully deconstruct imagery to create a detachment from an initial meaning. These new images reflect on the changeability of awareness and vulnerability of memory when influenced by time. ​The figurative and recognizable parts of the images intended to be like “anchors” and references directing the sense of the orientation in the paintings, allowing multiple readings. Altering the limits of our perception, the present is in a continuous state of becoming, which is signalled by shadows falling on the raw canvas next to areas that appear flat and without dimension. The line between the 'emptiness' and the edges of form suggest the spheres of our knowledge that are not fully formed - they fluctuate and shatter, or drift and fade."

My Whole Body Receives (Time)
Painting, 2019
130 x 200 cm
On The Other Side
Painting, 2019
100 x 80 cm