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Anita Michalkiewicz

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Works in the temporary exhibition "Utopias"

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Anita Michalkiewicz was born in Lublin, Poland and raised in Québec, Canada. She currently divides her time between London and Brighton, where her studio is located. She holds a degree in Journalism.

What is the motivation and inspiration for your work(s):

“There is no specific motivation for creating, but I truly believe that we are all creative beings and some of us simply feel the urge for expression more acutely. This urge can’t be suppressed, as it will drive us nuts… So perhaps the motivation to create is to remain sane! As for inspiration, it is truly everywhere. Even the lines of cracked tiles on a bathroom floor can inspire a future painting!”   

How and where do you create/develop your works? “I need to be able to develop an idea as it arises; sketching a future painting, writing the synopsis for a story or capturing a moment in a photograph as it happens. I almost always carry my camera and something to scribble my ideas onto. Although not all of it will eventually evolve into actual palatable finished products, I see these conversations with myself as an intrinsic part of the process of creation.”

Do you see yourself as being part of a global artist community?

“I hold the belief that every individual carries the grain of creativity in them, so in that sense, yes, I feel part of a global artist community. However my community of friends are a real big mix in their backgrounds and surprisingly very few are visual artists!”

What motivates you to take part in this project? What aspect(s) of the project appeal to you?

“I liked the idea of exploring an inherently impossible idea. We are so often driven by an ‘ideal perfect future’ or the distant or historical memory of a ‘better’ past. In reality, these concepts don’t exist and anyone trying to present substitutes (most often in the form of consumerist distractions) is offering a very alluring lie. Most would agree upon some introspection that perfection only exists in the acceptance of the imperfect present moment. However, as perfection does not exist in art, we can simply let go of any such expectations and abandon ourselves to the process. For me, the closest thing to Utopia is just that - pen on paper and a constant flow of balanced imperfection”.

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