Nature and organic forms are the perfect sculptures and Silvia Krupinska does it perfectly. We have met her a few times from collaborative shows at Curious Duke Gallery, and have wanted to interview her ever since. Here she explains how she started and what motivates her to create these beautiful works
Tell us about yourself, how did you start making sculptures?
I’m an organic texture artist based in London but originally from Slovakia. I always knew I wanted to be an artists, but only in my second year (2005) during my BA at Chelsea School of Art and Design, I moved away from only painting and have began to make 3D installations and sculptures. Interestingly, painting has never left me completely. There were times I called myself a ‘painterly sculptor and sculpterly painter’. I enjoy making sculptures the most, when I experiment with a technique and something unexpected happens. Whether it is my grape extraction technique, or salt and oil painting, I need that thrill from developing and inventing my own.
What inspires you to create?
The most inspiring thing for me are my own memories of nature and natural textures. I’m obsessed with various textures and surfaces. Sometimes they can be layers of time. My themes switch geographically between the UK, Slovakia, Portugal or United Arab Emirates. I’m adding places to my list on a yearly basis, as the holidays come and go. I’m very inspired by flow lines of rivers and shapes of lakes. I use digital and paper maps, which almost transformed my practice to creative topography, creative mapping.
Tell us a little about your process, how do you go about creating your artworks?
As you have probably guessed, the creative process excites me, sometimes it can turn to a performance. I film and document as each work develops and becomes finished. I don’t mind sharing my processes with people when I’m doing art workshops, or in my Youtube channel, blog. I like sharing and exchange of information. Perhaps I should be more secretive about how I make my art – some say people like to just guess how something was made, without knowing before looking at the objects? What do you think?
What has been your biggest achievement as an artist to date?
My biggest achievement to date was exhibiting during Venice Biennial in 2009 with EU-ART-Network collective, “Dreaming Europe-Real Europe”. I’m also feeling excited about my current project in collaboration with Museum Poprad, in Slovakia, where I was born. I’m creating a series of works ,which some of are planned to become a part of their permanent display in an anthropologically themed room about fossilized bones and plants from the Neanderthal era, including a treasure of a Neanderthal scull found in Ganovce, Slovakia.
What plans do you have for 2014?
This year I’m also working on ‘Water themes’ using creative topography and I’m conceptually and financially planning a solo show for 2015 with a working title – ‘Voda'(water in Slovak). I can’t say more about this but so far it looks like this could potentially be my first solo international touring exhibition.
Where can we find you online?
I nearly forgot to mention my design jewellery brand KAJ – Krupinska Abalone Jewellery. It was launched in November 2013 and I love making it! It satisfies me somehow. It’s natural looking jewellery almost entirely made from the recycled abalone sea shells. Abalone are characteristic by their lustrous iridescent mother of pearl on the inner side and irresistible and tactile white and pink texture on the outer side, which contain a row of breathing holes. I love abalone to bits! My shells are resourced from sustainable sources within the Trade in Endangered Species licence and all of my art is made with the environment in mind.
Online store: www.krupinskart.tictail.com