Margaret Stawicki
Visual Artist

 


I am a Polish-Canadian artists based in Mississauga. My preferable medium is oil, sometimes mixed with a bit of cold wax. As a contemporary artist, my work is not representational, it is rather a bit abstracted and symbolic. with  minimal use of colour. I like to create illusion of empty space, with somewhat symbolic elements to convey absents, isolation and memory. Some people commented that I was documenting the impressions of my personal journey in relation to my new home, Canada. It had been, and still has influence on my work, but  my  ‘grey’ (Journey) series I started after losing a family member and a couple of close friends in a very short period of time. The realization that life is simply a turning circle shadowed over me. It does not matter what we do, where we live or if whether we live or die, life is a circle that continues to rotate so that old will pass and a new will come. And in that circle, we humans are in a constant struggle for time, a constant search for something new and something better.

During this time, I longed for quiet and empty spaces, for solitude and seclusion. I started to paint these feelings, feelings of empty, meditated space. Then, my little ‘traveler’ appeared on his journey through the vast land, through life. Perhaps he hopes to find a ‘Neverland’, or maybe he searches for a more challenging, more exciting, or simply a different life. During his journey he leaves an imprint on the earth, his good or bad deeds, his energy, memory, his shadow of being and shadow of memories. For a long time I have used only very selective colours; grey, white, black and touches of orange. Presently, I incorporate more of red, orange and dark brown into my paintings. Maybe it is indication of a change in my life. Although I am still a "loner" and love quiet and meditated spaces, presently have more time for myself and more time for painting. Maybe this is a reason why I experience shift of colours?

 

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