Margaret Stawicki
Margaret Stawicki — Visual Artist


I am a Polish Canadian artist based in Mississauga. My preferred medium is oil, sometimes mixed with a bit of cold wax. As a contemporary artist, my work is not representational, it is rather a bit abstracted and symbolic. with minimal use of colour. I like to create the illusion of empty space, with certain elements to convey absents, isolation and memory. Some people commented that I was documenting the impressions of my personal journey in relation to my new home, Canada. It had been and still has influenced my work. The realization that our existence is simply a turning circle, and it does not matter what we do, where we live or if whether we live or die, it is a circle that continues to rotate so that old will pass and a new will come. And in that circle, we humans are in a constant struggle for time, a constant search for something new and something better.

During my working and busy time, I longed for quiet and empty spaces, for solitude and seclusion. I started to paint these feelings, feelings of empty, meditated space. Then, my little ‘traveller’ appeared on his journey through the vast land, through life. Perhaps he hopes to find a ‘Neverland’, or maybe he searches for a more challenging, more exciting, or simply a different life. During his journey, he leaves an imprint on the earth, his good or bad deeds, his energy, his shadow of being and his shadow of memories. For a long time, I have used only very selective colours; grey, white, and black with touches of orange. Presently, I incorporate more red, orange, and rust into my paintings. Maybe it is an indication of a change in my life. Although I still love quiet and meditated spaces, presently have more time for myself and more time for painting. Maybe this is a reason why I experience a shift of colours.

I am a member of the Society of Canadian Artists, Federation of Canadian Artists, Ontario Society of Artists and Lakeshore Art Trail.



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