1. How long have you been at Phoenix?
On and off for over 15 years. Permanently for the last 10.
2. What are you working on at the moment?
I have just completed a series of 4 large mixed media collages using monoprints of wire coat hangers and recycled surfaces. They are a continuation of an ongoing theme of a woman transforming into a bird. And now I am planning to make a sculpture that will become part of my current show at the Window Gallery at the Phoenix. I am hoping to complete it for the Summer Solstice so it will be exhibited for only 2 days. Watch this space!
3. Which media do you like to use?
I love them all. I was trained as a painter and a glass sculptor but most recently have been working with mixed media collage and textiles. Media are a means of story telling. I chose them according to what story I want to tell.
4. Which other artists do you admire?
As a young art student in Poland, I used to visit a permanent art collection in my home city, Wroclaw, where I fell in love with work of Alina Szapocznikow and Magdalena Abakanowicz. Their work never fails to inspire me. I seem to be drawn to other female artists. I love the sensuality of garden paintings by Joan Snyder, the dark poetry in the animation of Allison Schulnik, delicacy and the intellect of Sarah Sze's sculpture. There are quite a few artists here at the Phoenix who are a great inspiration to me.
5. What would you recommend to go see?
I alternate between the V&A and the Tate Modern. There are a few days left to see Dorothea Tanning's exhibition, particularly Room 7: HÔTEL DU PAVOT, CHAMBRE 202
6. What work are you most proud of?
The collaborative project 'Snow Q' on which I worked with another Phoenix artist, Wendy Pye as well as Brighton based poet Maria Jastrzebska and composer Peter Copley is very dear to me. It was staged almost 6 months ago, on the Winter Solstice, in the Basement of the Regency Town House. It felt like an unexpected love affair. I am not sure I got quite over it yet. https://snowqproject.wordpress.com/
For more about Dagmara, visit her website.
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