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Orange canvas painting of 6 people doing romanian folk dancing

Summer Show 2019: Interview with Claudia Kusznirczuk, MA Painting

Written by Tyrone Huggins
Published date 29 August 2019

As our postgraduate students prepare for their MA Summer Show, which takes place from 5-12 September, we talk with Claudia, MA Painting, about her work which looks at the art of traditional and contemporary dance.

Purple canvas painting of afraid little girl crouched down and lost in the wilderness
Ballad of the ballerina - Credit: Claudia

What is your final project about and what made you chose this concept?

I will be showcasing a collection of paintings which focus on Dance in Art. Dance has always been a passion of mine from a young age – I just love the emotion and freedom of expression that it brings out of you. So naturally, I wanted to combine these creative elements within my work to develop a unique style and theme. My work also tends to incorporate bold colours to reflect the beauty of nature and how it connects with traditional and contemporary dance and motion.

Blue canvas self portrait of girl dancing in beach
Peace and Tranquility

What’s been the most enjoyable part about putting your final piece together?

For me, the most enjoyable part has been the process of collating all my developmental works, improvements and thoughts over the past year and assembling these into my final piece Ballad of a Ballerina. When I look back at the first works I did at the start of the programme to where I am now, I see the grand culmination of my creativity and artistic development. My final piece is one of my proudest achievements as it reflects the build-up of confidence in myself and in my artistic expression – it’s been an amazing and enriching journey.

Orange canvas painting of 6 people doing romanian folk dancing
Its a celebration - Credit: Claudia

How has your practice and interest changed since starting your MA degree?

Over the past year, I feel there has been a dramatic change in my style and elements displayed in my art. The degree programme has allowed me to dive deeper into researching past and contemporary artists with similar styles. I was able to take time and look at the fine details and intimate thoughts of artists - which made me realise the importance of artistic identity in my overall vision and creative approach. It also helped me to find my own path, develop a signature style and explore more unique and innovative ideas that would push my boundaries.

If you could sum up your experience in 3 words, what would they be and why?

Exciting, Enlightening, Self-fulfilling. It’s just been very intensive and full of so many surprises. My teacher was also amazing in helping us find our natural direction on the course, so I have really appreciated the support.

What advice would you give to students who will be preparing for their summer degree show next year?

From day one, spend as much time as possible in creating, progressing and improving your art, so that when degree show comes around you’ll be able to put your best work forward. Most importantly, establish, develop and nurture an artistic theme that will make your art identifiable to you.

Thinking of attending our MA show? Visit the event page for more information.