Day 145: Magda Gluszek


Magda Gluszek was born in Syracuse, NY. She earned her BFA in painting and BA in ceramics from the State University of New York College at Fredonia and received her MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida in May 2008. She was a resident artist at the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, Tennessee (2008/2009) and Roswell Art Center West in Roswell, Georgia (2009/2010). In the fall of 2010, she moved back to Florida to teach as an adjunct instructor and visiting artist at Gulf Coast State College in Panama City, FL. She is currently full-time Art Faculty and Gallery Director at Northland Pioneer College in Show Low, Arizona.

Artist Statement

Through the process of play and “trying things on” my figures experiment with objects that affect their appearance and bodily movement. The accouterment’s incongruous relationship to the body of the figure is emphasized by the color and surface contrast of multiple materials. Oftentimes these objects unnaturally impede normal movement or sensory function. Although they initially appear sweet and frivolous, these accessories have the potential to cause physical and psychological discomfort. The desire to appear in a certain way is driven by both cultural forces and basic animalistic impulses; this is illustrated in my work with animal-human hybridity. The figures are experimenting with different modes of self-representation. They alternate between appearing submissive and threatening. It is indistinguishable whether they make these alterations for a self-serving purpose or for the pleasure of the viewer. At times they do not appear to be conscious of their projected sense of self. This asks us to question how/why we wish to appear and if we know what is truly being seen.

always look like you're
Always Look Like You’re Doing Something Important
Sink or Swim
self sufficient
Self Sufficient
the twins
The Twins
Chubby Bunny Tea Party






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