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Magdalena Abakanowicz

Magdalena Abakanowicz




Full Name: Marta Magdalena Abakanowicz-Kosmowska

Born: June 20, 1930
Birthplace: Falenty, Poland
Died: April 20, 2017

Occupation: Sculptor
Profile: One of the most influential female artists of the 20th century.

Website: http://www.abakanowicz.art.pl/
Number of Quotes: 5




Art does not solve problems but makes us aware of their existence. It opens our eyes to see and our brain to imagine.

Art will remain the most astonishing activity of mankind born out of struggle between wisdom and madness, between dream and reality in our mind.

I feel overawed by quantity where counting no longer makes sense. By unrepeatability within such a quantity. By creatures of nature gathered in herds, droves, species, in which each individual, while subservient to the mass, retains some distinguishing features. A crowd of people, birds, insects, or leaves is a mysterious assemblage of variants of certain prototype. A riddle of nature's abhorrence of exact repetition or inability to produce it. Just as the human hand cannot repeat its own gesture, I invoke this disturbing law, switching my own immobile herds into that rhythm.

It is easy to follow, but it is uninteresting to do easy things. We find out about ourselves only when we take risks, when we challenge and question.

My work comes from the experience of crowds, injustice, and aggression ... I feel an affinity for art when it was made a form of existence, like when shamans worked in the territory between men and unknown powers ... I try to bewitch the crowd.

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