Natalia is a visual artist from Poland, who has been living, studying, and working in London for the past 13 years. She joined us here at the Fish Factory for the month of August, taking some time to re-focus on personal art projects, before beginning an MA in Fine Art at the City and Guild London Art School, this September. The Fish Factory really provided a space for experimentation and discovery for Natalia, enjoying new experiences such as working with ceramics, playing drums, and forming a band named the ‘Vicious Fishes’ with some other artists in residency.
A dominant interest in Natalia’s work is ‘the line’, both physical and metaphorical, which provided inspiration for her main project at the factory, a performance piece involving two people, holding the line and gradually moving away from one another, stretching the material whilst still being connected. This presented ideas around human connections and relationships, the struggles that we often face, and the strength and reliance involved in depending on others. Natalia finds the process of her work to be of the same symbolic importance as the finished piece, and the preparation for the walk required repetition and endurance, in creating 700m of material to work with.
Natalia Markowska // The Line
Natalia’s further projects at the factory were focussed on femininity, and comfortability with the natural form, where she created a series of drawings as presentation of the female body, responding to feeling and emotion. She also developed a garden of human conditions, where beans were planted and labelled with relevant feelings and emotions. Out of these plants, the one that grew was labelled ‘Unknown’.
Natalia Markowska // Not what it looks like, but what it feels like
//More of Natalia’s Artwork//
Check out the interview about her stay here:
Thank you, Natalia!