Aleksandra Kargul

Website: http://www.edinburghprintmakers.co.uk/artist/Aleksandra-Kargul

Email: aleksandra.kargul@gmail.com

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Loch Leven at Dusk VI, lithography, 32 x 49 cm

EP I, stone lithography, 20 x 20 cm

EP 23 Union Street II, stone lithography, 20 x 20 cm

The Storm. It's not the moment that it happens. It's the moment right before, stone lithography, 44 x 28 cm

The Road Less Traveled, stone lithography, 25 x 31 cm

St Gile' Cathedral II, stone lithography, 30 x 44.4 cm


Statement

In my artistic journey I was always fascinated by architecture and silent beauty of buildings.

During my studies at Edinburgh College of Art I met Ed Hollis who is an architect, designer and most importantly he is an amazing storyteller. In his first book: 'The secret lives of buildings' he quoted renaissance architect Leone Battista Alberti who wrote that: 'perfect beauty is that to which nothing may be added, and from which nothing may be taken away.'

Since I read it for a first time I always look for that perfect moment when the building or a street is in a perfect harmony with it's surrounding and time. How do I know I found it? It feels right. It is perfect. I wouldn't change a thing.

I recently realized that I am more and more drawn to water: lakes, sea and especially the Ocean. Looking at the water makes my thoughts slow down. I started this fascinating journey of finding calmness and recreating moments when the time stoped for me.

I am constantly looking for this perfect harmony of the space and time. I found it recently in Sagres, where I stood on the cliff looking at the endless Atlantic Ocean. Now I want to find out if the architecture can make my thoughts slow down. Can I find the same calmness in the building? Eichstatt is were I will start this journey.

Biography

Aleksandra Kargul began her printmaking practice in Art High School in Poland where she specialised in etching. She came to Edinburgh in 2007 to study Interior Design and graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2012. After graduation she continued to develop her artistic work through lithography, often on a commissioned basis. In 2015 she joined the team of Edinburgh Printmakers as studio assistant for 10 months and learnt more about other printmaking techniques such as screenprinting, photo gravure and cyanotype. adding to the techniques she had previously learnt in Poland. Aleksandra was recently awarded the prestigious Eichstaett Lithography Prize comprising a residency and solo exhibition in Bavaria, awarded through the SSA Open Exhibition 2015. Aleksandra Kargul is a passionate lithographer with a love for all printmaking processes. Aleksandra is SSA Council Member since April 2016, teaches Stone Lithography Evening Class at Edinburgh Printmakers, she is a co-director of renovation company and works part time in John Lewis Partnership.

Prizes:
Two weeks Lithography Residency in Eichstaett and solo exhibition, Bavaria, April 2016
Received at the SSA annual exhibition 2015

Annual Print Residency 2017 in Eichstaett and solo exhibition, Bavaria, November 2017
Invited by Li Portenlänger

CV

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