Magdalena Morey - Artist's Statement

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My aim is to create artwork that intrigues and challenges our initial perceptions. I love the natural world and organic textures, forms and beauty are fundamental to my art. I am particularly fascinated in transient phenomena and enjoy using my art to attempt to capture the sense of individual moments in time.

I am passionate about travelling and regularly start off a new series of paintings using a photo or a memory from one of my journeys as a starting point. As I work on the first composition, I'll often find a detail or a technique that I'll want to expand on and will begin a second canvas, and so on, with the degree of abstraction tending to increase with each iteration.

Every painting is built up from multiple layers of acrylics, watercolours, pastels and gold leaf, with the goal of creating an interplay of texture, reflectivity and colour. I love using gold leaf due to the strength and vibrancy it brings to my work. Watercolours are often used to tint the metallic reflections, which leads to the colours changing continually with the viewer's perspective and the lighting conditions.

My figurative work focuses on the representation of the feminine form. They are not intended to be self portraits, more of an expression of my own internal states of being. The development of each piece is somewhat akin to participating in a film where I am both the subject and the director; the figures grow, move and develop continually until I reach a point where I feel the composition has captured something fundamental about my perceived reality. Sometimes the end results may be highly dynamic and playful, concentrating more on the representation of motion. Sometimes they are far more static and thoughtful with more focus on the use of colour and texture. I tend to stick to the abstract form for the majority of each painting but include one or two areas, such as a breast or the navel, that become more life-like.