Lot 517 - Kate Mieczkowska - Bird Cage
Watercolour on Paper
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
Kate is a British artist working between the UK and Middle East. Like most normal artist's she juggles family life, a small business retraining racehorses and her art with varying degrees of success but never gives up in her aim to create poignant strong works of art very much in the zeitgeist. On her travels she finds 'nuggets' of contemporary life which she weaves into paintings. In recent times, her megalomania has driven her to paint on a massive scale in oils. Possibly a midlife crisis! However the challenge of making this wonderfully small work was well received. Visit www.katemieczkoeska.com for more examples of her work both large and small.
Winchester School of Art BA (first class Sculpture) and Chelsea College of Art (MA Fine Art)
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2022 (Included in Timeout Magazine's top ten must see pieces in the show)
Venice Biennale (Group project) 2019
Winner of The Ward Thomas prize for Fine Art in NOA 2016
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
I was hugely honoured to be invited to submit work for the auction. In keeping with my desire to create paintings that hold both historical and contemporary imagery whilst making an observation on contemporary culture, I chose to make a watercolour based on a visit I made to a museum of Polish Folk Culture. I saw the women and the fighting taxidermy animals occupying different enclosed spaces, trapped in their different worlds. The 'spectacle' of the fighting creatures beautifully displayed, unable to ever cease their fight, juxtaposed with the women casually watching in from their safe but slightly darker enclosure enjoying the display. In our current times with focus on borders and disputes in Eastern Europe, I felt 'Birdcage' offers an interesting dialogue in relation the media coverage of war and climate change, and our passive participation and ghoulish appreciation of the 'spectacles' offered to us. I intended it to follow on from the work 'Chicken and Chips on a Friday Night' that was shown in Alison Wilding's 'Climate' themed exhibition at the Royal Academy this summer in terms of its dark humour and narration of contemporary culture.
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