Recasted Body I, 2016, concrete and wax, 226 x 226 x 36 cm, unique
Recasted Body II, 2016, metal fence and silicone, 205 x 345 cm, edition of 2
Mold I, 2016, inkjet print mounted on aluminium, 60 x 50 cm, edition of 3 + 1 AP
Mold II, 2016, inkjet print mounted on aluminium, 45 x 45 cm, edition of 3 + 1 AP
School of Humanities
MA Photography, 2016
Mia Dudek's practice touches upon the encounter of the body within the European tradition, in an understated political and ideological context. The work focuses on the urbanisation, overpopulation and therefore, alienation of an individual. Through concentrated moments of assimilating herself to the surroundings, Mia Dudek is interested in Kafka's idea of home specifically designed prison for everyday existence as well as Lynchian machinery of living or threat.
For artist focusing on the search, self-awareness of own corporeality and metaphysical fear of imprisonment both the urban as well as the physical, the concrete became a metaphor for the corporeality. On one hand similar to skin in its surface and on the other hand restraint. As much as the skin that simultaneously divides us from and connects us to outside world, concrete has transformed into a material for graphic recording of the surface of the body and its physical states.
The unification of the urban fabric and flesh appears as in Ovidian metaphor of metamorphosis – the human body mutates into a concrete block and is enchanted in it.
Other elements such as metal fence also symbolise restriction and limitation; silicon alludes to carnality, physiology, body fluids as well artificial body gadgets; holes suggest mother and child, glory holes, the barrier that still allows to feel someone/something else from the other side.
Mia Dudek's works have one mutual and strong concern – brutality, violence and power of the architecture; representing hermetic exteriors and their horizons endlessly bounded.
Restrictive environments are inescapable but also contain otherwise formless and fluid bodies that threaten to spill over the borders of inanimate structures.
- BA Photography, London College of Communication, University of Arts London
- Work-in-progress Show, Royal College of Art, London, 2015; BorderBody. Mixing Identities, International Art Expo, Mediteraneo Centro Artistico, Malaga, Spain, 2014; BorderBody. Mixing Cities, International Art Expo, Palazzo Ferrara, Bari, Italy, 2013 ; Degree Show, London College of Communication, London, UK, 2012; Art Against Knives, Boxpark Shoreditch, London, UK, 2011; The Third Factor Part 2, The Sassoon Gallery, London, UK, 2011; The Third Factor, The Sassoon Gallery, London, UK, 2011; Few & Far Between Part 2, The Rag Factory, London, UK, 2011; Few & Far Between, The Rag Factory, London, UK, 2011
- Shortlisted for the Micheal Wilson Prize, London College of Communication, London, UK; BorderBody. Mixing Cities Young Talents Award, Bari, Italy
- 24 Artists To Watch, Modern Painters, December 2014; Young Talents, Jotta Magazine, January 2013; The Third Factor, Artlicks, November 2011; The Third Factor, Creative Review, June 2011; Few & Far Between, Dazed & Confused, January 2011