In this interview Hungarian artist Patricia Jagicza gives an insider look into her artistic practice and how she views her work.

You recently won an open call on Works for a private collection by Eyal Zucker, can you tell us a bit about the piece that was purchased?

Patricia: The painting that will now become part of the collection is titled PLAY. I would define it as a still-life, but I tend to look at it as more of a scene that is set up of personal objects. It is about the relationship between two motives: the element of the first motif is an art book about contemporary figurative painting with the word “PEOPLE” written on its spine. The shadow of the book points in the form of an arrow towards an alter ego of mine made out of Lego pieces (this is called Chicken Chick) the compartment of which is the lid of a water bottle. The relationship, which is the triangle-shaped shadow itself, is the same as the symbol of the play button of various media players – this helped me when choosing a title. The set up was done with a conscious playfulness; however, it was only after the painting was finished that I realized how dominant the shadow actually was. This kind of unpredictability and arbitrariness gives an additional layer of meaning to the picture. This is less the conscious part of the work, which makes it more exciting: it depends more on realization than intentional so that it acquires an improvisational dimension.

Play, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 115 x 70 cm, Private Collection Eyal Zucker

What usually gets you excited about a topic?

I find it exciting to figure out how various types of images can culminate in a single still-life. Self-portraits and self-examination are a part of this: I am interested to find out how someone can be represented by the character of the objects surrounding them and how lifeless objects become anthropomorphic. Can you define a person by the objects he/she deems important?

I don’t simply want to paint still-lifes; instead, I intend to build a unique world of mine where everything has significance. I find it exciting to incorporate the photograph of an interior into the still-life, to put an album of self-portraits onto a mirror, or to present an image within an image, to paint an already finished painting of mine, for instance. These are all types of compositions, where, in some form, I reinterpret and re-conceptualize these objects and the relationship between and them and also their relationship to me. The full personal nature of these is sometimes extended by the element of unpredictability.

There are scenes that venture from one painting to the other, thus establishing a special layer of meaning. I enjoy the play of accumulation and intensification with the least possible tools. This kind of play is also connected to reinterpretation: for example, to paint one of my already finished painting is actually not at all the repainting of that image, but the painting of the canvas in its own space with the image on it. This is why I wouldn’t call it repetition, but rather accumulation or intensification.

And by the way, I also love painting pink masking tapes!

GO EGO!, 2014, Oil on Canvas, 45 x 55 cm, Private collection

What made you want to become an artist?

It was never really a question of decision: I always felt deep commitment to art – some kind of an inner call, which by nature cannot be questioned and thus doesn’t need to be explained, at least for me. You could say it was self-evidently present from the very start.

What are you passionate about beside your artistic work?

It is hard to explain how I view life outside art. Art surrounds you no matter where you go, you only have to be more observant. I really love nurturing plants: it fills me with tranquility and good feeling to clean their environment and watch them grow. Also, whenever I find time, I like sitting down in front of my sewing machine and sew various accessories, bags, cushion clothes, or adjust pieces of clothes.

I don’t simply want to paint still-lifes; instead, I intend to build a unique world of mine where everything has significance.

How do online platforms influence the way you expose your work?

It is primarily Tumblr and Works.io that I tend to use to present my work online.  I do find these platforms very important and useful, as there never has been a greater opportunity to gain recognition and thus make an actual living out of what I love doing the most, to establish an existence. This is very important and I do not ever let this aspect out of my sight. However, I also think that the online space somewhat takes away from the “realness” of the paintings, which, of course, is inevitable. But it is true that viewing an image, be it of any kind, is a really different experience from view it in its own space, on an exhibition or in a studio. The space is absent, so the set-up of the pictures does not, cannot gain the significance it could otherwise have and so the possible relationship of one image to another is also less apparent. And this can take away from the benefits of the coherent presentation of the works.

Mirror, mirror..., 2014, Oil on Canvas, 70 x 125 cm

What is next on your artist career calendar?

I would like to reach a higher level this summer. I will push my own limits, the result of which will be presented within in the frameworks of a solo exhibition in Budapest in the beginning of September.






Skip to toolbar