October 2018 – Made In Arts London 2018 Collection Exhibition at TM Lighting Gallery
TM Lighting has collaborated with University of the Arts London’s Made in Arts London to present the ‘MiAL 2018 Collection’, showcasing art and design from UAL students. During the exhibition TM Lighting will provide an artist Q&A to find out a bit more about the artist and their work at this stage in their career.
Artist Interview: Ágnes Virág Móricz
- UAL College: London College of Fashion
- Course: BA Cordwainers Fashion Bags and Accessories: Product Design and Innovation
- Graduation Year: 2021
Q. Please tell us bit about your artwork/design in the exhibition, what was the inspiration behind your work?
The painting that I currently have in your gallery is called “Company” however, the girl on the painting is alone. Whenever I paint I tend to use fast strokes, expressive motions and sort of channel my inner emotions through the media I am using. Some people say that they can see a cat right under her arm however I did not intend to paint this but regardless I let them see what they want to see as I want people to experience whatever emotion comes to them naturally instead of forcing them to feel something. My inspiration usually comes from my day to day life, but I like to think that only the viewer’s perspective can make this piece unique. I would recommend anyone to accompany my piece with a nice glass of wine, some time to spare and open thoughts.
Q. How did you develop your process?
I have been a self-taught artist since a young age. I know it is cliché however in my country arts education has always been a sort of luxury since we are only given a tiny amount of time to create as their focus in art education is history. However, I tried to get as much as I could by signing up to extra classes and life drawing sessions. I always enjoyed competitions, so I had to learn how to get better at classical art and anatomy etc. My current style only started to develop two years ago, and it is still in an early development phase. I used painting as a form of meditation where I am alone with the paper/canvas and I can express how I feel without saying a word. I like to make things with my hands especially when I am alone. I find my process intimate and personal. For me art, is not how expensive the canvas or the paint is. It’s about what I want to say with it.
Q. Which artists do you admire and why?
I admire Egon Schiele as an artist however I don’t admire his private life. His artistic talent is unmatched. I find his style amazing and way ahead of his time. It has all the emotions, the colours and themes that I find so inspiring. He will always be someone to visit in a gallery or museum since it evokes emotions and thoughts a person can only try to understand.
Q. What are you currently working on, or what is next?
I am currently working on a new painting; however, illustration is easier for me since it doesn’t need as much resources. I will be exhibited in Glasgow (and hopefully other locations) as a part of Cass Art Drawfashion competition’s finalist. I am still looking for collaborations projects and places to exhibit my other paintings however as a new artist I am struggling with that at the moment. I will try to set up my own business in the beginning of next year since as a Bags and Accessories student this would be my actual field of study.
How does it feel to be selected for MiAL Collection 2018, what’s been the highlight?
It is really flattering to be chosen since this is my first exhibition! I would like to participate as much as I can since I find it amazing that they create a platform for the students. The collaboration with TM Lighting is a fantastic opportunity not just for a starting out student but for any artist. I loved the private view opening and I am looking forward to the personal development days this weekend!
Image top: From Eden, Acrylic on Canvas, Original 100 x 70 cm
Image bottom: Company, Acrylic on Canvas, Original, 50 x 40 cm
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