Published on 22 March 2022
I am a polish-born artist, and I get a lot of inspiration from my cultural heritage. I often go back to European films, Polish post-war paintings, and classical music. I also soak anything new and experimental. I am fascinated with projects that combine art and science. I feel art has no limits and exists in all areas of our everyday life.
I am very inspired by music. Analysing my work retrospectively, I realised that each of my previous exhibitions was closely connected to sound in its development stage, almost as though I needed to 'hear' the artwork before visualising it. I am working closely with a polish composer, Ania Massetti, for my current project. I feel we understand each other on a cultural level and can combine visual and sound seamlessly to create an immersive experience.
Art and culture are interconnected, and they continuously evolve and inform each other. For me, art is one of many aspects of culture, where we express our thoughts, emotions, and beliefs by creativity. With art being now more interactive and installed in public space, it is almost impossible to separate the two.
It is interesting to reflect on culture in Australia as I immigrated here only ten years ago, and I appreciate First Nations Arts that shapes Australia's diverse contemporary culture and national identity. I also feel that art practitioners like me bring other colours and flavours to the multilayered Australian art community.
I am such a clash of old and new. If I could create my soundtrack and travel in time, I would bring Chopin back with me to reinvent his nocturnes using electronic sound.
no limits (sorry two words!)
Catch Agata Mayes' vibrant art installation, Architecture of Inner Space, at Cube 37 during the South Side Festival and beyond, from Friday 6 May to Saturday 11 June. Click the link for more details.