Fingal’s artist Agnieszka “Uisce” Jakubczyk, who celebrated the legacy of Fingal’s women in her acclaimed large-scale woven piece, now on display in the Chapel of the Castle of Swords, launched her first solo exhibition at the Arts Center Séamus Ennis in Naul on August 3.
The exhibition features the artist’s experimental paper and fiber art works, in two series – “9 Accents” and “14 Days”. Uisce also includes some of his medium-sized woven works in this exhibition.
Uisce speaks to The Fingal Independent ahead of the launch of the exhibition: “There are two series of miniatures, one is called ‘9 Accents’ and the other is called ’14 Days’, and most of them are woven art, some of them paper woven.
“The launch is today at 6:30 p.m., and it will run there until October 3. This is my first solo exhibition. I am connected to Fingal because I made a large-scale tapestry that is now on display at Swords Castle for Fingal County Council.
She says: “I would describe the exhibition as coming from my daily experience of life as an artist and as a Polish woman who came to Fingal, which is now my home and as a woman. So I would say it’s like emotional sensation has become an art.
“It’s my first solo exhibition so I’m very excited, lots of people are coming, visitors from abroad, my family from Poland, my very good friends from France and hopefully (Head of Heritage) Christine Baker from the board of Fingal County.”
Uisce, who lives just outside Garristown, is a textile artist and art teacher from Poland, living in Ireland since 2004. Her textile art has been exhibited in group exhibitions in Poland, Ireland, Hungary, Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania and Taiwan. recipient of several awards.
She mainly focuses on minimal woven art as well as medieval styles, techniques and embroidery images. Recently, she started working with paper art which has become an important trend in her creations.
She says: “It’s a pretty difficult material and it’s a material that surprises you, so you kind of force it to behave the way you want it to, but it does its own thing. So that’s the thing. more importantly, it’s experimental art.”
“There is a lot of connection with nature, I even choose materials from nature. Sometimes I get (inspiration) out of nowhere, you have something you see or feel, and it stays with you until one day it wakes up and then you’re ready to create.
This is Uisce’s first time exhibiting at the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, although she has given workshops there.
She says the staff at Seamus Ennis have been “very supportive” of her work.
A trained musicologist, Uisce is a self-taught artist whose experience comes mostly from experimentation, she says.
Following the exhibition at the Seamus Ennis Arts Centre, Uisce is embarking on an artistic residency in Iceland, where she will work in December and January on her large-scale embroidery project titled “Battle of Clontarf”. This will be made possible andFingal County Council Artist Support Scheme.