September 201943 Rosemary St, Belfast BT1 1QFArtCetera Studio7pm
In Between Now and Then
Anka Sikora Exhibition
23th -29th September 2019
Opening Night 24th
September 2019, 7pm
43 Rosemary St, Belfast BT1 1QF
Anka Sikora (born in Poland 1980) is an artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She graduated from the Belfast School of Arts, Ulster University – BA HONS Fine Art 2016 -2019. She was awarded Carson McDowell Award 2019 & Queen Street Studios Award 2019.
- August 2019 Multi Culti Collective / Group Exhibition / ArtCetera Studio Belfast
- June-August 2019 Summer Group Exhibition / Engine Room Gallery Belfast
- June 2019 Degree Show / Belfast School Of Art Belfast
- September 2018 Fabricated Memories (part of Polish Cultural Week) ArtCetera Studio Belfast
- June 2016 The End Of The Year Show / Belfast Metropolitan College, Millfield Campus
- June 2015 The End Of The Year Show / Belfast Metropolitan College, Millfield Campus
- June 2004 Plain Air Exhibition / Exhibition Of Third – Year Students / Kremnica (Slovakia)
- January 2003 Solo Exhibition – Paintings, Drawings and Prints / House Of Culture Idalin In Radom
ANKA SIKORA. ARTIST STATEMENT.
Multilayering in terms of both storytelling and technique became important components of my painting, where personal memories, dreams, and reflections are expressed through ambiguous narratives and suggestive spaces. Using oil paint and acrylics, I create paintings based on photographs, or photoshopped images which act as a skeleton on which to explore various painterly approaches. My artistic process always begins with a flash of interest in a visual element, a glimpse of something, or a memory.
Some of the elements of a previous series entitled ‘Fabricated Memories’, are inspired by familiar
patterns of my past and are sourced in family photographs, but I am also inspired by random images of patterns and fabrics in the environment and from the internet. These trigger, indirectly personal memories but also provide a valuable well of inspiration for my composition.
This process of randomness in my method has its reference to the way in which memory functions. The selectivity of what is left on the canvas in my technique is analogous to the selectivity of our memory in time. I want my paintings to be something more than visual objects. Through the patterns, I wanted to reproduce familiar elements from my childhood home, fabrics which I recall, and most importantly, the memories which they evoke.