THE SIX FOOT GALLERY INTERVIEW: Anna Matracka (Saturate Your Mind)

Hi Anna! How did you arrive at the theme of your work?
For some time now, I have been attracted to the topic of people. Human mind and
body. Some time ago I heard about the Human Library organisation, which inspired
me to dive into the topic of the layers of which we are composed as individuals, i.e.
the entire background of our biography, our mental and psychological side,
behaviours, habits and, finally, our external appearance. I subsequently decided to interview several people who agreed to let me bring to light something from their deep layers that is
very important to them.

How do you know when a piece is complete?
Honestly, I always have a problem with this! I’m one of those artists who always sees that something could be improved. If I decide to finally end a piece it’s because I see that adding/correcting something could screw up more than help.

Will your next project be a continuation of your current style or are you experimenting with something different? Can you share a glimpse of your next project?
My next project is related to a completely different topic but will be made of the
same materials, i.e. plexiglass and acrylic paint – a sculpture.

Which artists inspire you? Are there non-artistic influences such as literature or music that impact your work?
I am inspired by my surroundings and life more than artists. Artists are an inexhaustible source of knowledge about techniques, styles or mediums. But what really sets my imagination in motion is music, books, and everything I read or watch. I also like the topic of robotics, technical innovations, and sci-fi.

What advice would you give to artists who are just starting out?
I will speak as a ‘just starting’ artist to other new artists: pull your works out of the drawer, take drawings from the paper pile, open your finished sketchbooks, take photos or scan them and show them to the world. Don’t be ashamed that they are not perfect or exactly what you wanted. Mine are not perfect, but they are part of my growth and I love them! Being an artist is a lifetime journey, have fun and enjoy!

See Anna Matracka’s work at our HND Showcase, Saturate Your Mind, running at Six Foot Gallery until Thursday 9th May 2024. You can also find her on Instagram @anna.matracka

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