Magdalena Gluszak-Holeksa

Her Husband Didn’t Die, He Just Became Beautiful

Jackson's Painting Prize 2023
90 x 120 cm


“Through painting, I search for a language to explore impermanence and the body’s relationship with the nonmaterial. The process of transforming and revealing through painting is an enquiry into symbols of the non-physical and extensions of the visible. I wrestle with memories that slip my control and with knowledge that exists beyond the reach of my senses. I’m drawn to limited, cool colour palettes which echo the nocturnal moods of the natural environment where I grew up. In my compositions I merge elements of landscape, interiors and body details, retaining traces of personal photography and found images. Painting allows me to navigate through and dismantle the input I absorb from these images. By entering these memory landscapes, I allow for a non-human language to soften the edges of my perception. This longing for the hidden is rooted in the view and shape of a mountain – the static anchor – from which I am exploring the hierarchies of the outer and inner realms. Flickering human emotions clash with stillness, transforming into new forms. The conflicting yet parallel notions of loss and hope are the prism through which my process flows, influencing the metamorphosis of objects and spaces within the canvas.”