Anna Hryniewicz is a Dublin-based Polish Artist who is starting to make a name for herself in the art world. Anna helped to fulfill one of my hopes with my debut album, Glasswing. Fly, by using it for one of her exhibitions back in the summer. Needless to say, I was very excited by this!
Anna, it’s a pleasure to have you as the Artist of the Moment. Please introduce yourself.
It’s a great pleasure for me too. I live in Dublin in Ireland with my husband and two sons, 10 years old, and 3 years old. most of the time I mind my children, but I also run some creative art classes, including people with disabilities, for whom this artclass is very therapeutic.
I make my own art whenever I can. This is my inner necessity to create, express my own emotions.
When did you realise creating art was a part of who you are?
From the early years of my life I was always painting, drawing, playing instruments, singing. I have had this huge need to express myself and create something that can capture what I feel or see, but in my own way. Now as life goes on I find the creation process essential to keep me in a good frame of mind.
How would you describe your art?
What I do is something between Lyrical Abstraction and Neo-expressionism. I work intuitively, losing myself to create something that will surprise myself in a positive way. It sometimes takes a very long time to happen. Although my pictures are abstract, there is a visual order that gradually emerges during the art process. I have some general idea at the beginning, but then I step into the “unknown” to discover something else that I cannot plan beforehand. I seem to be constantly changing the surface of my invisible world on the canvas. Building, destroying, painting over until I’m sure the image is complete. Each piece evolves through “chaos”, where there are marks and traces of the previous layer. I carefully decide which of them will stay, and which will go to help others exist.
Is there much difference in environment between creating art in Poland and creating art in Ireland?
In Poland we also have plenty of great contemporary artists, lots of museums, galleries. There is a lot of inspiration. But many talented artists just stop creating, get some other jobs, simply because they have no financial support. Those who are lucky and are included in the teaching staff in the Art Academies continue their art making, they have facilities to develop their potential. But the others don’t, they just leave the college and the reality is very difficult for them. In Ireland there seems to be more opportunities for artists. My case is different though, because of small children I have to create in my own house, I cannot really go out for so long and travel somewhere. My “art studio” has to be portable, small, accesible for me anytime I have a free while, or idea occurs to me. My life has changed a lot since I graduated back in Poland. But also before I was only a “part time” artist, now I decided to do this seriously and whenever I can. So its hard for me to compare the situation for artists here and in Poland. But I feel I have made progress and still learn so much here in Ireland, maybe I wouldn’t have been able to do all this in Poland
Who has inspired you on your journey as an artist/a person? How and Why?
There are lots of fantastic artists, both emerging and established who are inspirational for me. First was my professor Magda Snarska, who was able to lead me without imposing her own style. I absolutely love her painting, and at the same time I feel it is something very different to what I do. Which is great.
I also admire abstract expressionists: Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, Antoni Tapies, Richard Diebencorn, there is a lot more… I also love and admire Irish artists: William Crozier, William Scott, Tony O’Maley and many more.
I find the poetry very inspirational. The previous series of pictures were inspired by the Polish postwar poet Halina Poswiatowska. I was seeking connections between my images and subtlety of her work. Some of them were translated into english and I was able to present the fragments to the viewers and set it with my paintings.
I was hugely inspired by your music, Chris. I found the sound of it like out of this world. It combined with the nature of my paintings so well. But it actually happened after painting them, not during the work 🙂 which is all the more interesting I think.
What would you say has been your biggest challenge in your pursuit of creating art?
I think the biggest challenge is to continue and be persistent in what type of art you want to create. It is sometimes very hard to stick with your idea, your own way of expression, when everybody around you has opposite expectations as to what you shoud present on your picture. It’s all the more difficult when creating abstract art, something that is not easily appreciated by most people. Many people just have to refer to the reality in order to see something. Don’t mind it, go and do what you feel you do the best.
And also, even if somebody created similar things years ago it does not mean you cannot do this now. Just give 100 % of you. There will always be some people telling you that you shoud be making more traditional art, or it’s not modern enough, or not shocking enough, etc…
To date, what has been your most satisfying work/exhibition? Why?
My last solo exhibition in Polish House was fantastic for me. Maybe not in terms of place itself, as this is not a typical gallery. But everything was beautiful. People were so delighted, they really appreciated and listened to what I was trying to explain about my inspiration and art process.
And of course Your colourful music Glasswing.Fly in the background contributed so much. It gave the whole event a fantastic flavour.
30 years from now, what would you like to have achieved as an artist?
I hope my art will be in people’s homes to remind them, that there are some fleeting moments in our short lives, that we should remember.
I hope it happens. And I hope there is some good energy, some vibration of colours that will keep you in a good shape.
Before we say goodbye, please will you share with us a line of wisdom that has helped you and inspired you?
The sentence of Polish artist prof. Jozef Halas: You don’t invent Art, you come to Art. ( I don’t know if that has the same sense after translating into English, so I’m not sure if it’s good)
Another one, but I don’t know who said this: Stop looking what it is, start feeling what it is.
You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have. Maya Angelou
My Art is on Pinterest : http://www.pinterest.com/annahryniewicz3/my-abstract-paintings/
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