• Emma Kielczynska

    Emma Kielczynska
    • Artist Statement
      • Nature is a major source of inspiration to me and I am constantly aware of its magnificence, often juxtaposed to the man made environment that encroaches and threatens it daily. I am especially intrigued by the seasons and how our environment changes itself quite drastically around us and it is this that informs most of my current work.

        I like to capture the small moments and details like droplets of water, reflections, light filtered through leaves, dancing shadows, gnarled trees, textures and colours of nature. Most recently Monoprinting has been my primary technique and this process lends itself so well to vibrant colours, painterly gesture and layering, which helps me to express this theme..

        The process of Monoprinting has been integral to the work I have been making. Previously I had been focused on the very detailed, technical and extremely labour intensive process of intaglio etching. Monotypes, in contrast, encourages a more spontaneous mark making, and the immediacy is very appealing. My experience working with other artists in printing studios and my background in etching have allowed for a rich base of knowledge from which to draw from when exploring this method.
    • Biography
      • BA Fine Art (Ruth Prowse School Of Fine Art)

        I grew up in the countryside near Sedgefield in the Garden Route and moved to Cape Town where I attended The Ruth Prowse School of art.  I majored in Printmaking and graduated in 2007 with distinction and the class prize. While at Ruth Prowse, I had the position of technical assistant, helping classes below me with printmaking. In 2008, I began work at Warren Editions as a Printmaking assistant,  helping  with the technical side of creating plates  and printing editions for a number of well known artists. It was here that I gained invaluable experience and knowledge of a working, professional print  studio. It was also here that I was introduced to Monotypes.

        After Warren Editions, I worked in artists studios, again assisting technically with the creation of others works, and printing large editions of new and existing plates. I then started working in the film industry, as a Fabricator, making props for commercials. Here I learned the art of mould making, casting, working with a large variety of materials, and problem solving under pressure.

        I decided to leave the film indusrty after I became pregnant, as the long hours and stressful environment were not condusive for motherhood. I moved to the suburb of Capri in the Southern Peninsular, and it is  there that I have set  my studio, and am finally concentrating on my own artistic career.
    • Interview
      • Which new trends or South African artists do you find inspiring at the moment?
        The prevalence of great printmakers in South Africa is exciting. From masters like William Kentridge to artists like Diane Victor and Chris Diedericks who work almost exclusively with print, and the selection if great collaborative print studios like Artists Press and Warren Editions that allow other artists to explore this technical medium, prove that Printmaking is alive and thriving in South Africa

        Which South African deceased artist do you most admire and why?
        Which exhibition that you have visited made the greatest impact on you and why?
        I saw Tracy Payne's Exhibition, Sacred Yin, at Michael Stevenson and it had a profound effect on me. I saw these  paintings at a time when I was grappling with my need to create beautiful artworks and how they would fit into the contemporary art world. Her stunning, provocative paintings helped me to realize that there was a place for beauty and I have always pursued that ideal.

        Where do you get your inspiration for your work?
        Nature is a huge source of inspiration for me. I grew up in the country and my mother is a potter who deals with very organic handmade forms. She has always taught me to appreciate beauty in nature and I see it everywhere. I am currently very attuned to the changing of seasons and am amazed how drastically and dramatically our environment changes around us 4 distinct times of year, yet so many people hardly seem to take notice of it. I am fascinated my fractal forms in leaves and trees and often find myself mesmerized by the tiniest details, like droplets of water, ripples and reflections, light through leaves or dancing shadows.

        Do you have any rituals or habits involving your art-making that you can tell us about?
        I suppose that a large part of my process begins way before I am even actually creating work. I am constantly aware of my environment around me and am always allowing the channels of inspiration to be open. That way, when I get into the studio, I have images in my minds eye that I will draw upon when creating. A large part of my work is determined by the process of creating. I like to experiment and play and push the boundaries, which most recently I have been doing with monotypes.

        What do you like most about being an artist?

        The Freedom to express myself. The freedom to Create

        How do you handle bad days when you experience artist's block?
        Some days, nothing works out. On those days I try to learn as much from my mistakes as possible and I also allow myself to walk out of the studio and concentrate on something else because I know the bad days are balanced out by some really great days where everything just flows!

        What is your greatest achievement as an artist to date?

        I suppose finishing top of my graduating class at Ruth Prowse and receiving the class prize. Most recently I have just made it through the first round of the selection process for the Sasol New Signatures Competition, so I am holding thumbs that I will advance further in that. Watch this space!

        Do you feel that you want to make a difference to the world or in people's lives? If yes, how?

        I like to bring beauty into the world. Id also like my artworks to inspire others to see the beauty that exists in nature which in  turn may help to preserve it.

        What are your plans for the coming year?
        I definitely feel like this is the year that my career has lift off. Since graduating from art school, I have worked in studios making work for other artists, worked in the film industry, but now I am finally focused on my own work.