Artist from Warsaw, Poland
Encompassing time „Seed - the border between life and death“
For the Polish section of the international and itinerant exhibition „Seed Project“, the artists Alek Slon and Magda Fokt draw upon the challenges of our times, where the unleashed forces of nature turn against humankind after decades of exploitation. Thus, in the framework of the exhibition project „Seed“, they
convey a poetic dimension to the theme of sustainable development, which aims at contributing to the ongoing societal debates on how to tackle the challenges for humankind and our natural surroundings
alike. Theirs is not a position in the stricter sense of „political art“, but rather an abstracted view, taking into account mythology, history and psychology in order to lay bare the dynamics of our being in and confronting the world.
Magda Fokt addresses this question from another perspective. The basis of her abstract paintings Seed - the border between life and death is formed by the representation of two opposing elements, water and stone. Where the stone stands for a self-contained immutability, water is an all-encompassing element and a force of change. Together they form a dichotomy that may be read as an allegory of our earth. To this, the artists adds poppy seeds, which she uses as a kind of pigment, charged not only with colour but with metaphorical meaning.
The poppy was considered a symbol of death in ancient mythology and associated with the god Morpheus and the goddess of the earth, Demeter. It was believed to grow on the banks of the river of oblivion Lethe, which is the border between the land of life and eternal sleep. In the Slavic tradition, the poppy was a plant that allowed people to cross the border between life and death. Nowadays, poppy seeds are used in the production of opium. In this sense, the poppy represents a warning, it exposes our tendency to sedate ourselves in order not to see the consequences of our actions for the ecosystems we are a part of.
Bio / CV
She works with the use of oil painting techniques, acrylic, collage, relief on paper and canvas. Experiments with going beyond the boundaries of the canvas. She creates installations and objects in-spired by landscape, which is a starting point for her search within the realm of abstraction. Over the recent years, she has focused on a particular aspect of landscape where stones and water cla-sh. She pauses to reflect on the way they influence each other, searching for an analogy with human identity, which is affected by the external world. They are two different matters, two different worlds, which clash and at the same time exist in a symbiosis with each other. Varied matters, shapes, and roles they play in nature at the same time complete and exclude each other, which inspires the eternal game and fight. Regardless of the theme, Magda Fokt always has the question of human identity in mind.
Born in 1977. Visual artist based in Warsaw, Poland.
2001 Graduated with honors at Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw (PL)
2018 Warsaw City Prize scholarship holder
2019 PhD at the Fine Arts Department/University of Jan Kochanowski, Kielce (PL)
Solo Exhibitions (selected)
Wild riverChopin Point, Warsaw (PL)
The Abstractionsinspiredby Nature,Tymczasowa Gallery, Warsaw(PL)
Animamundi, Galeria Wystawa, Warsaw(PL)
States of matter, the Blue Art Space gallery, Berlin(DE)
Re-constellations, ŁazienkowskaGallery, Warsaw(PL)
Perforations, Apteka Sztuki Gallery, Warsaw(PL)
Group exhibitions (selected)
Universum/Uniwersam–Elektrownia Powiśle –Warsaw(PL)
Spectrum, Elector Gallery, Warsaw(PL)
A photographer -a humanist,The Museum of Coal Mining, Zabrze(PL)
Black on White –MonumentalGallery –Lisbon(PT)
8 Women,MetamorfozyGallery, Warsaw (PL)
Topos, PalazzoComunale, Sondrio(IT)
Pointsof View, Galeria Kazimierz, Cracow(PL)
The Art now,The National Museum, Cracow(PL)
We touch each other, ŁowickaGallery, Warsaw(PL