Magda Kirk

Venus and Adonis

For many of us, our earliest memories are related to something physical, often to a bodily experience. One’s hand sliding through the murky water in a boat on the river in summer, and experiencing the coolness of the water. Or the feeling of citric acid that makes the salivary glands in your mouth contract.

This experience of the body as strange and yet familiar, awkward and yet intimate, is central to the work of the Polish painter Magda Kirk (1990). The body, Kirk suggests in her first solo at Everyday Gallery, can never be completely objectified; and the way we see ourselves is always subjective, determined by our own experiences and by cultural standards of beauty.

Artists: Magda Kirk