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EWELINA MAKOSA

EWELINA MAKOSA

1. Where were you born and where are you from ?

I was born in Warsaw, Poland.

2. What is your first memory connected to the art world ?

I would say that my first significant memory connected to the art world would be an exhibition of Gerhard Richters in The Neue Nationalgalerie Collection with the title Exciting Art of the 20th Century. It was the year 2007.

3. Have you always worked in the art/design field ?

Yes, I did. Both design and art where close to my heart, but the art came first. Than I started to study Interior Architecture and in parallel painting faculty as well.

4. What led you to the design creation ?

I think it was the lack of beauty around me. Growing up in the country which had been destroyed during World War II and than by communism and never rebuild properly gave my thoughts that certain things can be done in a better way in this field.

5. How would you describe your creative process and it influences ?

It is a matter of first observations and sensibility, secondly reaserch, creative process and conclusions and selection. Weather it is doing art or working in a design field.

6. Could you describe a typical day of your work ?

It is divided between my art practice and work as a designer. It also varies, depends where I am. When I work in Warsaw, I have less time to focus on my art practice. Whenever I am in Berlin, my live is more simple and I have more time to work on my art pieces. Doing art is a process that needs to be continued every single day so I try to stay focused as much as I can. I try to sketch every single day. Sketches are reflections of my thoughts and allow me to go deeper with my art process and than drawn insightful conclustions.

7. Why did you choose the specific materials you work with ?

I do not have any specific material I work with. The topic I want to express in my art practice determines the material that I work with. It can be a painting, an installation, a video, depends on various circumstances.

8. What are the technical particularities of your creations ?

It varies a lot, depends what I actually work on.

9. What advices could you give to beginning artists who would like to create sculptural design works ?

I think that the reference to our childhood is always great. Remembering how fresh and not tipical our observations where at that time could be great start to any creative process.

10. If your works had to belong to a design movement, in which one would you define it ?

I hope my creations could always look contemporary and up to date. That’s why I would never consider looking back to the past in reference to my artworks. Great example are the works of Ives Klien and his International Klein Blue, the art pieces which stay extremly up to date and do not refer to the past.

11. What designers have influenced you ?

Jan Garncarek, Gisbert Poepler, Kelly Wreastler, Joseph Dirand.

12. What contemporary designers do you appreciate ?

Jan Garncarek, Kelly Wreastler, Joseph Dirand

13. What contemporary artists (in any kind of art) have you been inspired by ?

Leon Tarasewicz – he is a polish visual artist and my professor.

14. If you had to summarize your creations in one word or sentence, what would it be ?

Reflection of my observations and feelings.

15. Is there anything you would like to add ?

No:)

Proust Questionnaire with very short answers (one or a few words) :
(The Proust Questionnaire is a set of questions answered by the French writer Marcel Proust. Other historical figures who have answered confession albums are Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx, Arthur Conan Doyle, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Cézanne…)

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?

Living without rush and being able to work in tranqulity.

2. What is your greatest fear?

Lack of courage.

3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Lack of courage.

4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Lack of passion

5. Which living person do you most admire?

My Grandfather

6. What is your greatest extravagance?

Strange, abandoned spaces which has potential to gain beauty again.

7. What is your current state of mind?

Tranqulity – due to coronavirus crisis I can finaly be more focused on my goals and not be disturbed by other circumstances and people.

8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

Religion

9. What is the quality you most like in a man?

Ability to listen

10. What is the quality you most like in a woman?

Intelligence

11. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?

12. Which talent would you most like to have?

Musical skills

13. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Be more patient

14. What do you consider your greatest achievement?

My PhD studies in fine arts which took me 7 years

15. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?

An ocean

16. Where would you most like to live?

Currently Venice or Paris

17. What is your most treasured possession?

My knowledge and experience

18. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?

Stupidity

19. What is your favorite occupation?

I value creative occupations, do not have any specific one.

20. What is your most marked characteristic?

I am organised and I can find myself easily in every circumstances.

21. What do you most value in your friends?

Involvement

22. Who are your favorite writers?

Zygmunt Bauman, Olga Tokarczuk, Andrzej Stasiuk

23. Who is your hero of fiction?

I do not have any

24. Which historical figure do you most identify with?

None

25. Who are your heroes in real life?

My grandfather and grandmother

26. What are your favorite names?

I do not have any

27. What is it that you most dislike?

Stupididty and judging by appearances

28. What is your greatest regret?

I wish I have the knowledge I have know ten years ago.

29. How would you like to die?

It does not matter, but I would like to experience conscious dying and keep my best awarness during this process.

30. What is your motto?

„Doubts kill creativity”

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