Magdalena Skupinska

Magdalena Skupinska

Magdalena Skupinska

Through her formal and conceptual vocabulary, Magdalena 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.

Magdalena 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 Selebe Yoon, Dakar, Senegal; Fundación Casa Wabi in Oaxaca, Mexico; La Ira de Dios, Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Atlantic Center For The Arts. Her solo exhibitions include Blending Elements (2022) and 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 III – Pathways of Dexterity (2021), ArtCircle, curated by Mark Gisbourne; The Haptic Eye: Part II – Tactile Visions, ArtCircle, 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).

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PRESS

Jul14
ÉMERGENT
ÉMERGENT

Magdalena Skupinska at Maximillian William

July 2022
Jul12
GLASS MAGAZINE
GLASS MAGAZINE

‘Magdalena Skupinska keeps close ties to nature when creating her biomorphic compositions’ by Allie Biswas

July 2022
Apr29
ART OF CHOICE
ART OF CHOICE

Magda Skupinska’s ‘LAYÚ’ at Maximillian William is a Crucial Reminder of Our Connection to Land and Nature

April 2020
Nov30
1GRANARY
1GRANARY

Catching Up With the Scented Paintings of Magda Skupinska

November 2015