Interview With Designer And Painter Agata di Masternak

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Tell us about what do you do? What did inspire you to start?

I am an artist and a designer. I have been working for a long time on the project called ‘Private Garden’ where I was exploring the idea of storytelling. The idea behind these series comes from Rumi’s poetry.

In my idea of beauty there is no glamour aspect. My work relates immediately to how I feel about life. My whole life has been in the pursuit of the truth. The most interesting for me is to deepen myself, my mind, into a human body, the head in particular. For me painting is necessity. It is placing myself outside my own experience. It gives the privilege of being looked at and the pleasure of investigation of what could be painted. I picture people recovering from their own stories. The most important part for me is to paint people with respect to authenticity and their spirit. I was preoccupied with the idea of making private biography public. It was a reaction to certain kind of repressiveness. I do not paint people as they are. I paint them as I feel them to be.

What were your most successful projects/exhibitions so far or what projects did you enjoy the most so far?

I am actively involved in art and I explore a territory between fine art and fashion combining both. I won IUDE independent Upcoming Designers Competition in Torino, Italy in 2014. Also, I was selected for a Threadneedle Prize Exhibition in 2013. In 2012 I was commissioned for two paintings portraying the House of Parliament for the Intercontinental Hotel in Westminster in London. I was also shortlisted for H&M Design Award in 2013 followed by the article by Kristopher Arden-Houser in Vogue.


Tell us a bit more about your current projects?

At the moment I am experimenting with an idea of painting in a three-dimentional way exploring the boundaries between the body itself and the canvas and a piece of fabric.

What are your future plans?

I am preparing for a show in London at the moment and I am doing a collaboration project with performers where I am exploring an idea of cloth/canvas connection with the body.

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