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Hello nature, art, and outdoor enthusiasts! I’m doing a walk in Walthamstow Wetlands on Sunday 20th November, at 12-2pm. Book your free ticket here.
The walk is happening in conjunction with a sculptural installation Floating Reedbed in Tracing Wastelands group exhibition (The Depot Clapton). The exhibition evolved through a collaboration between MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins, and the Government Office for Science. This walk is kindly supported by London Wildlife Trust’s Lead Community Engagement Volunteer Stephen Ayers.
Credits: Steel, plaster, paint or Floating Reedbed (2016) by Silvia Krupinska
Arrive 11.50am – 12.00pm. Meeting at the Ferry Lane entrance to the reservoirs opposite the Ferry Boat Inn, outside the Thames Water Rangers’ office. Nearest tube station is Tottenham Hale and Blackhorse Road. It is about 7 min walk from both stations. Buses are available. (Please note you must book a free ticket as places are limited. Thank you.)
Walk through Walthamstow Wetlands
Finish 2.00pm (and then you can join me to see the exhibition after, if you like :).
*Adults only as the site is still in development. No dogs allowed except guide dogs and assistance dogs. If you wish to extend your visit after our official time (12-2pm) you will need to purchase a day birdwatcher’s pass £1 from the Ranger’s Office. (Cash only) The places on the walk are strictly available only by booking a free ticket. On the occasion that you no longer can join us and you booked your free ticket, please release the ticket.
To find out more about the exhibition and its location, follow this link to another blog post. Many thanks, see you soon!
What’s next? I’ll be presenting a Pecha Kucha style presentation at Walking Artists’ event at Somerset House this summer on Sunday 17 July during 11.30 – 12.30 slot. Look for more in the links below. Drop in if you have time, it should be fun!
Over past months, a lot of exciting has happened. I’ve dived into Walthamstow Wetlands research and met some fantastic people in and outside of my MA Art and Science at CSM. One of which is my valued collaborator Dr Johanne Orchard-Webb, Research Fellow, Lee Valley Team of Hydrocitizenship – arts and humanities project funded by AHRC. It has been a true pleasure to exchange ideas and experiences with Jo. She has written a fantastic post about the ways how our collaboration has developed and what it has entailed so far.
Dr Jo Orchard-Webb wrote:
“While we have used different approaches to exploring ideas around what we call ‘hydrocitizenship’, there is a good deal of common ground in our thematic findings, and this ongoing process of research collaboration has for me highlighted the importance of multi-disciplinary teams working together to explore and understand hydro-social relations.”
To read the full post and find out more, please click on the following link.
‘Fisherman’s Flies’ by Silvia Krupinska. Image taken at Walthamstow Wetlands, on one of the orientation walks organised by London Wildlife Trust.
Pictures from trip 4 at Walthamstow Wetlands working on The Rivers Project. Apart from the bedeguar gall (the red fluffy thing below), herons were very approachable this time to my surprise. I was thrilled to have used my binoculars for the first time, too! It was truly one of the exceptional days.
Image below: Diplolepis rosae is not a lichen which I thought first. It’s an insect nest. Who would have thought? Read more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diplolepis_rosae
The Rivers Project continues and this time I’m focusing my energy on a local place, oppose to one abroad in Slovakia. This new body of small scale works will be exhibited in a very local event too. The Leytonstone Library has been closed for a while, but it’s due to reopen with a big launch on Saturday 12th September. Once it’s open, my works will be on display for about a month, details are to be seen. I have no time to spare to be ready on time! Come and walk with me! And of course, please join us at the big opening in Leytonstone, if you are around! The series begins…
Here I am :
You can listen to my sound notes from the third visit in Walthamstow Wetlands on recorded on 16th August 2015. This is best to listen if you need to relax or just escape for a while. No rushing there but simple explorations. The notes are unedited and leave about 20 min to hear it in full. When I refer to a bird family of Bitterns, now I know they were Moots actually!
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Thank you very much for taking time to read today’s post. I’m writing this blog post to tell you about my recent experience near by a river during my holidays back in Poprad, Slovakia.This river is significant to me, as I’m working on a long-term project, kind of a case study about it. The end product will be a sculpture, but meanwhile, I’m researching and putting together some data (supported by Slovensky vodohospodarsky podnik), including making some practical experiments on site, directly with the river. The Poprad River is 142.5 km long and its spring (1494.3 metres AMSL) is considered to be nearby Popradske pleso (Poprad Mountain Lake) in The High Tatras Mountains. It merges into Dunajec River in Poland where its journey as an independent river ends, however Dunajec River has a trip to complete up north to the Baltic Sea. I was born in Poprad, where this river has been a normality to all of us, and often I’d taken the river for granted or simply I hadn’t given much thought about it. Until 13th February, 2014, when I heard of some terrible news*. Allegedly, seven kilometres of the river, starting near by the industrial town Matejovce, was poisoned by 20 times more than allowed dose of cyanide substance. I learned from the online news articles, that all life including plants were devastated and unable to renew their natural ecosystem for at least next 5 years to come! This careless human behaviour made me very upset and angry. Hence my renewed interest in the river. (Nevertheless this wasn’t a random interest in water themed subjects, I’d done a whole series of Mountain Lake Drawings last year.) So far I’d done a set of abalone mother of pearl drawings, wire models of the river, I’ve researched the flow and altitude of it, but finally directly reunited with the river, I was able to record the sounds of the stream at various points in Poprad-Zapad. My lovely helper Tatiana and I were walking along stopping to observe and note down interesting areas where the river sounded particularly pleasant, making sure the sound wasn’t too strong due to small water falls and so on. The plan is to combine the physicality of the sculpture (about which you’ll find out about in the near future) with the sound effects from the recordings. Here is one example of a recording on SoundCloud to feed your imagination. (Please adjust your sound levels if necessary.) If you have any feedback, and you’d like to comment on this or other posts on my blog, you can easily do so at the end of the articles. I look forward to hearing from you, as ever. I’m going to work on the sculpture itself in the coming weeks and the plan is to have some substantial works done by the end of March. What are you working on? Perhaps you have similar interests or are a scientist working in potamology? Let yourself known. Keep in touch. I’m keen to collaborate, especially now during my MA Art and Science at CSM, London. Yours, Silvia * some of the online news links in Slovak I found about the poisoning: http://spravy.pravda.sk/domace/clanok/309986-kyanid-zabil-rieku-ako-poziar-les/ http://www.ekoton.sk/rieku-poprad-znecistil-pravdepodobne-kyanid/
With the recent events and projects in my mind, here is one from 19.07.2012, Ilha de Armona, Ria Formosa Natural park, South Portugal. By the way, I had some curly kale for dinner, which rather resembles this, doesn’t it? haha
Walking from a party last night, we came across this London classic suburban evening scenario. A fox and a cat having a quiet but respectful conversation regarding territory, or perhaps a sit down of a perfect harmony? I couldn’t tell from their body language if there was much tension between them, or they were actual friends. One thing is for sure. Both the cat and the fox were tempted to come to us and check us out. Would you stroke a fox?
I love growing flowers and anything that would grow on my balcony. But this post isn’t about an ordinary plant, it’s a “Plant Transplant” I want to show you. It began on my research trip in Slovakia, where we visited a famous site in Hradok – Ganovce near Poprad. The Stonemason Koloman Koki found an endocranium (skull segment filled with travertine) in 1926. The skull supposedly belonged to a Neanderthal female, whom I’m guessing, was drinking from a mineral spring and fell into the well or some kind of a mini cave below, poisoned by the gases, never recovered from the fall and died there. The minerals fossilized and preserved her body, which was never found but the only travertine segment. (Ref. Exhibition catalogue Ganovce – The Neanderthal Man and his Living Environment, Podtatranske Muzeum Poprad, 2009)
During my visit of the site in spring 2014, I’ve taken some plant samples which are a part of the research and exploration of the Neanderthal topic, in collaboration with Podtatranske Muzeum Poprad. To my delight, I was able to bring the samples to the UK and grow them in a planter on my balcony. This Plant Transplant is work in progress and I’m looking forward to bringing you more about it later.
Until next time, have a great summer!
I’ve just returned from a short but very productive stay in Slovakia. Apart from a lovely family occasion, my cousin’s wedding, I’ve been busy working on a new collaboration with Poprad Museum, I’ve also met Kris from LivePozitive oz. and did a mini workshop in Creative Mapping and Cartography in Centrum Pod Lesom in The High Tatras.
I want to write one or two blog posts inspired by my stay in Poprad. But for now, an image of some work in progress. Once the series is finished, it will become a part in the permanent collection within the ‘Neanderthal Room’ in above mentioned, Poprad Museum. More to be revealed soon.
Last Sunday the weather forecast promised to stay sunny, so we took this opportunity to visit another part of the UK – Suffolk, where I’d never been. We drove to a little village called Covehithe, which has a stunning nature and unique surroundings. Over 100 species of birds live in the Benacre Natural Reserve, which is near by. What I find fascinating about this area, is the fact how crumbly the coast is. The clay, sand and the stones in the cliffs there seem ‘puff pastry layered’ and ever changing. Salinity and the sea hitting the cliffs takes away part of England each time the tide is up high and the sea gets rough. As much as 4.5 metres each year fall down in these conditions, I read on Wikipedia. The thought, that one day, this would be gone, transformed and changed forever is puzzling. Even the fresh water pools and broads near by, such as Covehithe and Benacre Broads, would become salty and the local animal habitat would be pushed away, eaten by the sea! Whether this happens due to the raising sea levels, melting of glaciers, or simply because the land and the soil has these ‘feather fragile’ qualities, and was always going to fall down, this is a sad story. I’m on the other hand curious to see what happens in the next 5 years, and I’m planning to revisit the sight.
I created two new artworks, commissioned for a Winter Show (December 1st – December 24th 2013) at Bank Eye Art Centre, all inspired by the Benacre Natural Reserve. The diptych is part I of the story of this coast, and my mapping of it with abalone mother of pearl will continue in 5 years, when I plan (if not earlier) to re-visit it, and document the sad progress of fall. On the images, you can see two broads we walked around, Covehithe and Benacre Broad. The line in each image represents the near by coast-line, which is ever dangerously moving in!
I leave this post open to comments and discussion. Do you know of an area similar to this? Are you thinking about a similar issue? Let me know, lets talk about it, educate ourselves and each other. The nature needs us, but not more than we need her!
Until next time, good bye! Thanks for reading.
On the image above is highlighted the region where I was born. Slovakia has a huge significance to me, as I lived there for the first eighteen years of my life. Interestingly, I’ve spent all my adult life in the UK. Being a visual artist, I’ve been exhibiting here, mostly in London, and I’ve been lucky enough to show my work abroad as well. However, not once since I’d moved to London, I’d shown in Slovakia! This puzzles me and I decided to make this right and interact more with the Slovak Galleries and my homeland artists. The next two or three blog posts will be introducing exactly those galleries from my region that I’m talking with. There is the potential to exhibit in them, as well as to take part in the international symposiums, and I’m excited about these prospects. Not forgetting to mention supportive and lovely Live Pozitive Organization about which I’ll dedicate the whole blog post NO.3 of this series.
The first gallery is The Spis Artists’ Gallery (Galéria umelcov Spiša), one of the youngest collecting institutions in the region, but also in Slovakia (25 years old). Its breathtaking Renaissance architecture with three-dimensional division with cross and barrel vaults with well-preserved details of arcades, columns, cornices and beams will blow your mind away. The current and permanent exhibitions aren’t dominated by the surroundings, quite the contrary, they work together in harmony. There is an outdoor space with The Garden of Art too. The exposition activity of the gallery maps and presents mainly the artists with relations to the Spis Region (see map on top), but it also touches Slovak Visual Art and not in a small amount it presents the work of foreign artists.
Amongst others, I loved the current exhibition SACRAL ELEMENTUM II, which consists of two parts – IKONY (ICONS) / original historical icons from collections of Zemplin Museum. This part was curated by Mgr. Dana Barnová and SAKRÁLNE V SÚČASNOM VÝTVARNOM UMENÍ (SACRAL IN CONTEMPORARY ART) including artists Katarína Balúnová – Andrea Čepiššáková – Michaela Knížová – Matúš Lányi – Martin Mlynarič – Dorota Sadovská – Monika Stacho – Viktória Šoltisová – Ján Vasilko – Eva Tkáčiková was curated by Lucia Benická, Kamila Paceková. Artists Michaela Knížová and Matúš Lányi caught my attention, I bring you a few photos of their works and a video by Michaela Knížová.
While visiting the gallery, I’ve had a chance to discover three permanent exhibitions. Two of them indoors – JOZEF HANULA’s drawings and paintings and the recently installed TERRA GOTHICA (Gotická cesta) – and the remaining outdoor exposition which opened in 2002, THE GARDEN OF ART, full of magnificent sculptures! A quick example of an outdoor installation I saw there is a piece by Miroslav Broos, ‘Darovanie zeme, 2013’ (free translation Earthly Gift). This is a process-based work which contains bulbs of soil collected in different locations, and those are then left to open up and disintegrate to dust. I love this process and look what was left for me to see when I visited (image. 2)! It’s nearly all turned to mud!
And finally, I bring you to the last sculpture of this blog post. I was intrigued by Amálka Ľudmila Valenčíková‘s, piece Infiltration of Inner Space (Prenikanie vnutorneho priestoru) 2006, which is situated in THE GARDEN OF ART.
I’d asked the artist three very short questions in an email interview and this is what Amálka Ľudmila Valenčíková said:
SK Q: What are you focusing on now in your works, what changed since 2006, the year when you participated in the sculptural symposium in Spis Artists’ Gallery in Spisska Nova Ves and you produced the sculpture ‘Infiltration of Inner Space’ (Prenikanie vnutorneho priestoru)?
ALV A: Since then a lot has changed. I’m more focused on creations that are less demanding on space. I still like making installations and I’m drawn to organic shapes but with more intimate resonance and feeling. The new topics of femininity are present. For example in my solo exhibition in Spis Artists’ Gallery in 2011, ‘Zbieram krajky, čipky, zn. aj poškodené prineste do galérie.'(I’m collecting varied lace, even damaged, please bring to the gallery) I introduced some interactive elements in my work too. (Photo below)
SK Q: What project are you currently working on?
ALV A: I’m happily busy working on my relationship with my baby daughter; I’m on maternity leave, so most of my time is taken. However, this is very inspiring!
SK Q: As a sculptor, what materials do you prefer?
ALV A: I like natural materials. But what really interests me about them is their combination with other matter, often ready-made. For example silicon, epoxy, textile, plastic and others…and I mustn’t forget to mention lace too as a prime material combined with mirrors, paint, gold leaf, other metal objects, stones and other.
So that was the quick email interview with Amalka Ludmila Valencikova. Next time I’m in Slovakia, I’m going to bring you more in depth interviews with one, or more of these talented artists. I’ll keep you updated on any progress I’ll have in talks with the gallery and this brings me in a way to a natural end of the post. I hope you enjoyed this brief insight of my personal recommendations. Do visit Slovakia, the Spis Region and the gallery itself to have a look. I would love your comments and any recommendations you might have. As always, you can leave those in the ‘comment’ box or on twitter, and also on Facebook. In the next post, I’ll be introducing a gallery in my birth town, Poprad, Tatra Gallery Elektraren. See you then.
Tickets and opening hours:
Tuesday – Friday 8.30 – 16.30, Saturday: 9.00 – 13.00
Admission (gallery offers 5 individual exhibiting spaces):
Adults: € 1 / 1 exhibition; € 2,50 / all 5 galleries
Children, students, others: € 0,50 / 1 exhibition; € 1,50 / all 5 galleries
Family ticket: € 2,50 / 1 exhibition; € 5,50 / all 5 galleries
Video and photo upon agreement: € 2 / person
The give-away now ended and I’m certainly going to continue this new tradition in the near future, so if you missed it this time, don’t worry! I’m sending the artworks to eight of you in Canada, America and Europe. I’m so pleased with the input I received, thank you ever so much dear followers! Artist Joanna Rose Tidey also contributed with her landscape descriptions, and this is what she said about Organic Art Give-away:
“So happy that I will be receiving one of Silvia Krupinska’s pieces in the post!!! Am such a fan of her work! Find such a connection with her organic pieces, her thoughtfulness of her work. A piece that is made from abalone shell, something I carry around my neck every day for the past 6-7 years. Her work is sensitive to the materials sourced- if you haven’t had a peek at her work bows a chance to”
This is how it started:
My art has a lot to do with different landscapes that I lived near by, visited or that in other way influenced me. Email me on email@example.com with a short paragraph of how and which landscape had an effect on you whatever country you live in, possibly which one you’d love to visit and in 4 weeks I’ll pick 8 people to whom I will post special signed artworks I’ll make for them on a white tag. (Feel free to include an image in your email and put ‘Landscapes’ in the subject line. Remember to include your postal address too.) Who will receive ‘Heavy Mountain Lake’ in post from me?
Follow me on Twitter @silviakrupinska with #OrganicArtGiveaway or like my Facebook page click here.
Silvia Krupinska, Tazke Pleso 2013 _Heavy Mountain Lake 2013. Abalone on white tag.
I finished a sculpture at Tynemouth Longsands beach yesterday by dipping it in the sea water. I’ve more images and this photographic series and they will be available as original photographic prints in the near future. Have a great week and come back soon for the next blog post. Cheers!
Last week Cass Sculpture Foundation put on a four day event for artists to create their posters, artworks in thirty minutes on one of the advertising panels of JCDecaux in Tottenham Court Road. Many artists took opportunity and did their poster. I contributed with collage ‘Organic Snails I’ and to my delight and surprise, our works are being shown on big JCDecaux digital screens for another week on major stations in London – Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, London Bridge, Charing Cross, Victoria Station, Euston, Cannon Street, Fenchuch Street, Waterloo and some other cities including Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham new street, Birmingham international, Edinburgh and Liverpool. I would like to say a massive THANK YOU to Cass Sculpture Foundation and Cass Art for making all this happen and give us the chance to show our works to crowds of people! If you’d like to read more about it, click here.
Not often one gets a chance to show work to millions. Exactly this was made possible as Cass Sculpture Foundation is currently celebrating twenty years of commissioning new work from emerging and established artists, and they parallel with the spectacular Tony Cragg‘s sculptures on Exhibition Road and near by museums put on the event called ‘Art Outside’. Conceived by Sir John Hegarty and in collaboration with JCDecaux, aims to give artists a platform to showcase their work.
From 17 September, for four days (from 10am – 5pm), artists are invited to create masterpieces on a giant outdoor easel. Each person will create an artwork, which will be showcased across the UK until 9 October on the JCDecaux digital poster network and will be seen by over 8 million people. The large screens are Liverpool Street, King‘s Cross, StPancras, Waterloo and major stations across the UK.
My half hour was a thrill for me. I had to take the opportunity and create something too! I made ‘Organic Snails’. If you see the screens and you manage to take a snap, please send it over. I’d be grateful. Thank you. Watch out for organic poster looking like these images: