Interview with Marta Wapiennik

Interview with Marta Wapiennik

Marta Wapiennik lives and works in Cracow, Poland. Born there in 1988. Graduated from Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow Graphic Department/2008-2013.

Hi Marta, could you please introduce yourself and your first experience in art making?

Hi, my name is Marta Wapiennik and I live in Cracow, Poland. I was born here in 1988 and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow at the Graphic Department. I have diploma in Screenprinting. I graduated in 2013. My first experience in art making... I started doodling early as a child.   Later as a teenager I got interested in photography and posters. My first real encounter with ART was when I enrolled for drawing course when I was 18.

How would you describe yourself and your artwork?

I'm an impulsive person and also as an artist I instantly know what I want to do. There is a very short period of time between idea and accomplishment. I want my viewer to feel free to interpret them or perceive. They should be a little bit of mystery - that's why I like conceptual projects the most. It's important also.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Simply from my everyday life and my surroundings .

What emotions do you hope the viewers experience when looking at your art?

I give them full freedom about it. I only hope there will be any emotion, can be good or bad.  

When do you know that an artwork is finished ?

I depend on my gut feeling. Sometimes I have an image in my head of what it should look like.  

What has been the most exciting moment in your art career so far?

I really hope to have exciting moments in future, that is most important. I am just an emerging artist so I am only beggining.   But if I have to choose, I'd say that receiving awards for my projects is most satisfying feeling I've felt in my artlife. It's exciting to be appreciated, then I know my works have a value.

How long does it take to produce one work?

Not long, as I said I am impulsive. One day is enough. Usually few hours. The whole project may last one year but generating one piece is quick.  

What exciting projects are you working on right now? Can you share some of the future plans for your artworks? 

I've been painting a lot and it gives me pleasure as always. I hope to make some discoveries in this field, I mean small discoveries for my use - like new palette for example. In my opinion when a person changes, so do the paintings. I'm curious what I am going to produce this year.   I try to go with the flow so it's always a surprise.

Do you have any upcoming events or exhibitions we should know about?

Sure. In 2018 I am represented by the PAKS Gallery from Austria. They are organizing exhibitions and my painting will be there.

26 January - 24 April  PAKS Gallery in Vienna: Exhibition "Kunst bewegt die Welt". (Art moves the world) (AT)

26 April - 28 June PAKS Gallery in castle Hubertendorf: "art is life, life is art"(AT)

30 June - 4 September PAKS Gallery in Munich: "Contemporary Life. Contemporary Art" (DE)

7 September - 30 December PAKS Gallery in Vienna: "wild, great and fascinating ART"(AT)

In 2019 (January) I am going to have a solo show in Artifact Gallery, Manhattan (New York, USA

Where do you see your art going in five years?

I hope it will be exhibited in many different countries. I'd love to travel with my art.

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