Spotlight: Marcelina Amelia
— 20 Aug 2018 by Lauren Furey
Tell us who you are and what you do.
My name is Marcelina Amelia, I’m a 29-year-old mixed media artist originally from Poland, but for the last 10 years I have been based in the UK; first London and now Brighton.
What can visitors expect from your exhibition at Boxpark Croydon?
A dose of mixed feelings and colours; stories of the past and future, an array of hand drawn elements, paintings and screen-prints.
Your Polish heritage is a strong influence on your work. How do you merge that into your ideas and creations?
I seek inspirations in polish folk tales and catholic iconography. My interest in juxtaposition comes from my origins and fascination with Eastern European culture, which was eloquently described by Grayson Perry as, ‘nowhere else could such horrific grief be met with such fairly-tale romanticism’.
Do you recognise recurring themes in your work?
The female figure is quite often a starting point for my work. Many of my artworks also dwell onto themes of self acceptance, body positivity, representations of female sexuality, gender, migration, and society. Although some of the subjects I take on are often quite dark, I like to think that there is some humour and light in my finished artwork.
Who were some of your inspirations when you were starting out?
According to my mum I have started drawing before I could properly speak, and I can’t remember much but when I was about 4 or5 years old, I had a huge crush on Michael Jackson, and I was truly blown away by his style and imagination. I became serious about becoming an artist pretty early on, I was probably around 8 or 9 when I started mimicking works of masters such as Egon Schiele, Klimt, Lautrec, Van Gogh and impressionists.
What does the rest of 2018 have in store for you?
It's a busy, busy year. My work will feature at the other art fair presented by Saatchi in London, in October. I'll also be doing the Affordable Art Fair abroad with Liberty Gallery, and my solo show will be in Brighton in November.
Finally, what was the last song you listened to?