Anka Sikora & Marta Dyczkowska
EXHIBITION @ Polish Cultural Week 2019
24th-29th September 2019
Opening Night: 24th September 2019 - 7pm
In Between Now and Then by Anka Sikora
Anka Sikora (born in Poland 1980) is an artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She graduated from the Belfast School of Arts, Ulster University - BA HONS Fine Art 2016 -2019. She was awarded Carson McDowell Award 2019 & Queen Street Studios Award 2019.
August 2019 Multi Culti Collective / Group Exhibition / ArtCetera Studio Belfast
June-August 2019 Summer Group Exhibition / Engine Room Gallery Belfast
June 2019 Degree Show / Belfast School Of Art Belfast
September 2018 Fabricated Memories (part of Polish Cultural Week) ArtCetera Studio Belfast
June 2016 The End Of The Year Show / Belfast Metropolitan College, Millfield Campus
June 2015 The End Of The Year Show / Belfast Metropolitan College, Millfield Campus
June 2004 Plain Air Exhibition / Exhibition Of Third - Year Students / Kremnica (Slovakia)
January 2003 Solo Exhibition - Paintings, Drawings and Prints / House Of Culture Idalin In Radom
ANKA SIKORA. ARTIST STATEMENT.
Multilayering in terms of both storytelling and technique became important components of my painting, where personal memories, dreams, and reflections are expressed through ambiguous narratives and suggestive spaces. Using oil paint and acrylics, I create paintings based on photographs, or photoshopped images which act as a skeleton on which to explore various painterly approaches. My artistic process always begins with a flash of interest in a visual element, a glimpse of something, or a memory.
Some of the elements of a previous series entitled ‘Fabricated Memories’, are inspired by familiar patterns of my past and are sourced in family photographs, but I am also inspired by random images of patterns and fabrics in the environment and from the internet. These trigger, indirectly personal memories but also provide a valuable well of inspiration for my composition.
This process of randomness in my method has its reference to the way in which memory functions. The selectivity of what is left on the canvas in my technique is analogous to the selectivity of our memory in time. I want my paintings to be something more than visual objects. Through the patterns, I wanted to reproduce familiar elements from my childhood home, fabrics which I recall, and most importantly, the memories which they evoke.
7th Woman by Marta Dyczkowska
Marta Dyczkowska (b.1980, Poland) is a multidisciplinary artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She graduated from the Ulster University School of Art & Design in 2018, where she was awarded the Artist Residency. She was also awarded Platform Arts Graduate Residency and the Artist Moving Image NI Graduate Award. Her works have been exhibited both nationally and internationally and featured in Circa Arts Magazine. Marta currently holds a studio at Flax Arts Studios.
“She can only build from the visible as she unbuilds the invisible, and vice versa” Trinh T. Minh-Ha. Marta Dyczkowskas’ recent body of work is an installation consisting of a series of photographs and video work. Inspired by Johns Bergers book “A 7th Man” which portrayed the experiences of migrant men in Europe in the 1970’s Marta draws attention to a modern migrant woman and explores the states of uncertainty and anxiety brought about by recent tumultuous events in British politics. This work serves as an attempt to find a voice, not only for Dyczkowska herself, but for other European women living in the UK. Through performance, video, sculpture, and installation, Marta uses objects as thresholds that link the past and present, producing multiple narratives and manifestations.