Approved: 12.04.2023

Magda Holden

Artist

Approved: 12.04.2023

My artistic practice lies in between two worlds: the spiritual and the physical. The perception of everything being interconnected is the concept that underpins my work. By embracing materiality, vibrant colours, and organic shapes my practice focuses on combining nature with notions of spirituality through painting to create a space for an otherworldly process of soul-searching and meaning. My paintings

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      Artist Statement

      My artistic practice lies in between two worlds: the spiritual and the physical. The perception of everything being interconnected is the concept that underpins my work. By embracing materiality, vibrant colours, and organic shapes my practice focuses on combining nature with notions of spirituality through painting to create a space for an otherworldly process of soul-searching and meaning. My paintings trace connections between nature’s micro and macro world which result in imaginary landscapes. By working in layers to imbue a sense of depth and form my paintings crossover from physicality of nature and materiality to an otherworldly and spiritual reality. My scientific interests come through collecting, observing, and analysing the world around me by means of photography, tracing methods, and microscopes. Spiritual knowledge, accumulated through my Christian faith, stories, and keen attention to dreamworld, manifests itself in a dialogue between an intuitive use of my materials and my imagination.  In exploring materiality of paper, wood, and canvas, my art merges various materials such as ink, watercolour, acrylic, oil, pastel, raw pigments, seeds, leaves, twigs, fibres, rain, or soil, and techniques decalcomania, ink pouring, pulp painting, or print making. The subject and the composition of my painting gradually develop in an intuitive way as I immerse myself in the process and action of making until sublime, dreamlike situations are fully explored and resolved. Threads, fibres, and lines are often present in my work to link, bind, and unify. There are touches of gold, silver, and glitter to evoke memories of hope, longing, and light. In concept, my ideas resemble ecology, for they deal with aspects of entwine interconnections of life; or, indigenous mapping, for my paintings trace cosmology of life based on holistic knowledge that focuses on stories of ever-changing landscapes. Thank you for reading this far. I further invite you to explore my Artwork and to select Projects to learn more about my interests.

      CV & Education

      Magda Holden

      Born in Poland, Lives and Works in UK

      • 2022 - 2023 University of Salford, UK -  Master of Arts in Contemporary Fine Art  achieved With Merit; Awarded a Distinction for my final body of work and my Thesis on How art can bridge the gap between spirituality and science in the natural environment.
      • 2003 - 2006  Higher School of Theology and Humanities, Poland -  BA Degree in Theology and Tourism of Biblical Countries; Awarded a Distinction for my Thesis on: Common elements of the tree religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

      SKILLS

      Painting, Drawing, Print-Making (Screen Printing and Collagraphy), Paper Making and Pulp Painting, Christian Iconography, Photography, Resin Art

      PRESS

      Entanglements of Unity: A Deep Dive into Magda Holden's Art 

      Insight of an Eco Artist,  Art Review by Joana Alarcao, 30 November 2023, View More:

      https://www.insightsofayoungecologicalartist.com/art/entanglements-of-unity%3A-a-deep-dive-into-magda-holden's-art

      EXHIBITIONS

      • Darkness Vs Light - Group Exhibition; Open Gallery, Halifax, UK; February 2024
      • The Fronteer Open 2023 - Group Exhibition; Fronteer Gallery, Sheffield, UK; November 2023
      • MA Degree Show - Group Exhibition; University of Salford, UK; October 2023
      • In Between the Worlds - Group Symposium about Spirituality, Perception, and the Digital; Bankley Gallery, Manchester, UK; December 2022