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Published in the magazine Tchad Quarterly, Toronto, January 13.



                       Wieslawa Pikula in conversation with Ania Machudera

Wieslawa Pikula   

The light, shining on circles painted on transparent Plexiglas, creates shadow on the wall behind them suggesting an extension from the surface into an echoing world beyond the perceptive exterior.  When I look at your work Ania, I feel that I am not in the world of images as I know it, but in philosophical time and space.

Ania Machudera

For a long time, I was thinking about artwork that would contemplate reflection. Thinking, I find, is a circular process, it is the mind in motion. Speed and motion on the other hand can condense the time in which we think.  The problem for me became how to show thinking as a process in slow motion.

W.  In other words, how to present the most important aspect of the thinking process, which is reflection.  

A.  Yes, most of us witness the coming and going of myriad of thoughts and images, competing for time. 

W.  Wisdom, would have to be the space between material time and immaterial time.  

A.  I approach my work like a scientist who is observing thoughts and who marks reflections on the wall space.  Wall shadows claim the empty canvass of the wall, evidencing my contemplation.

W.  In other words you wanted to create art over and above image. Like Magritte, you wanted to separate the image and the idea and gave time and space an added value.

A.   Something like that.  Shadows in art, as in the world of puppets, continuously interplay with the circular motion of thinking. I find that shadows are the least conscious formations in the relationship between time and space. 

W.  The transparency of your work allows the viewer to simultaneously experience time perspective as all and nothing.

A. Contemplating time and space, one arrives faster at the “Aha” moment, which is a rejuvenation of the mind.

Ania Machudera is a visual artist, lives in Toronto, exhibits her work in Canada and internationally.

Wieslawa Pikula lives in Toronto, is a conceptually based visual artist and an art educator.

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