This year the SSA will preview a new site-specific artwork by Edinburgh-based, Polish artist Koralia Maciej created as a result of her SSA Exhibition Prize.
Koralia is a multi-disciplinary artist creating large scale compositions extending a dialogue with a surrounding space. Her art is characterized by highly developed sense of colour, contrast, composition and a keen attention to detail which illuminates qualities of her expressive multi-layered images. She is inspired by industrial architecture, abandoned and overlooked fragments of distorted reality, moments of deconstruction which are transformed during an act of printing, based on intuition, suspicion and passion.
She develops works as discrete containers of thought, memory or ideas showing situations in which structures charge the space around by reconfiguring the surroundings through poetic transformation. She invites the viewer to translate moments of dynamic presence into a static world. To move into a space of abstract geometrical forms with subtle detail wrapped in balanced composition creating three dimensional large scale objects which represents translated fragments of industrial cityscape.
Koralia received a MFA Degree from the Fine Arts Academy in Cracow (majoring in printmaking) as well as BDes(Hons) from Edinburgh Napier University where she pursued her fascination in architecture and spatial design. She has exhibited her art work in UK and Europe including Crosskick in Lingen (Germany), Grand Prix of Young Polish Print Cracow (Poland) and Society of Scottish Artists 117th Annual Exhibition in Edinburgh, in which she won The SSA Exhibition Prize.
Koralia is a member of the SSA and Edinburgh Printmakers, she currently lives and works in Edinburgh.