Through her formal and conceptual vocabulary, Magda Skupinska’s work draws from Modernist traditions of biomorphic abstraction, Arte Povera and Minimalism, as a way to facilitate a reconnection with the essential multi-sensory experiences that stimulate the basis of our being. Deeply rooted in her surroundings, Skupinska’s work draws from a process of research and experimentation into the flawed, but present, symbiotic relationship between human and non-human forces in our shared world. Early work investigated the fragile and tangible quality of organic materials, such as spices and fruit, to create delicate multi-sensory experiences. Following a period spent learning from the indigenous community of Santo Domingo Albarradas, Mexico, Skupinska’s rejection of traditional painterly materials intensified with the artist finding more significance from woven palm leaves than canvas and from the texture of ground corn than acrylic paint. Skupinska continues to muse on humanity’s troubled relationship with nature, gleaning insights from observation, experimentation and research and communicating her thoughts through her abstractions.
Magda Skupinska was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1991. She completed her BA in Fine Art at Central St Martins, London and her MA in Painting at The Royal College of Arts, London. She has participated in residencies at Fundación Casa Wabi in Oaxaca, Mexico; La Ira de Dios, Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Atlantic Center For The Arts. Her solo exhibitions include, Layú, Maximillian William, London (2019); DAMA, Palazzo Saluzzo Paesana, Turin, Italy (2016) and Elements of Silence, Maximillian William, London (2015). Recent group shows include The Haptic Eye: Part Two, Tactile Visions, Art Circle, curated by Mark Gisbourne (2020), Tender Touches, Open Space Contemporary, London curated by Huma Kabakcı and Anna Skladmann (2019) and Adventitious Encounters, Open Space Contemporary, London curated by Huma Kabakcı and Anna Skladmann (2018).
Opening 30 October, Magda Skupinska will exhibit her work in The Haptic Eye: Part 2 “Tactile Visions”, on view until 30…