Speak Out: Magdalena Krzak
“Female artists bring more emotion to their art.”
– Magdalena Krzak
On the occasion of Women’s History Month, Saatchi Art’s curators spoke with artists about their process, inspiration, and the ways in which their identity as a woman is relevant to their art.
Polish artist Magdalena Krzak has a BFA from the School of Fine Art in Tarnów. Her work has been exhibited in shows and fairs in the US, including the Polish Museum of America and The Other Art Fair in Chicago. Her work has been published in Chloe Magazine.
What does it mean to you to be a woman in art?
I am glad that female artists after years of being discriminated against started having their voice heard. I feel like they bring a softer perspective and more emotions to their art. That is why supporting each other is so important.
Which female artist inspires you most—past or present— and why?
I admire a lot of them Frida Kahlo, Marina Abramovic, Francesca Woodman, Alina Szapacznikow and many more.
I mentioned these ones because they inspire me as a woman and as a person. Their art represents real emotions, tells story about their struggles, fears and passions.
What is your advice to a young woman who aspires to be an artist?
To follow her dreams. Be determined, passionate about it, tough and sensitive at the same time.
What are the themes you pursue in your work?
The theme I pursue in my work always revolves around the female subject and aspects of women’s nature.
Can you tell us about your process? Do you begin with a sketch, or do you just jump in? How long do you spend on one work? How do you know when it is finished?
Everything starts in my head. I have a more or less specified idea of my work such as a theme and color palette. However, I let my imagination roam free and I am often led by emotions. My paintings usually look chaotic at first then during the process they become more organized. I work on a piece until I am satisfied with the result. Some works take longer (months), some are done in a day.
If you couldn’t be an artist, what would you do?
I would be a professional chef working in my own restaurant. I cook with passion, and my son and my husband are my best critics.