Szalkay „Art is about storytelling“                                                           

Lives and works in Graz, Austria
1989 Graduation, Magistra of Philosophy at the University of Graz
1993 Doctorate in Philosophy at the University of Graz
Techniques: Charcoal, Verre Eglomise, Collages, Installations, Photographs, Transformations, Science Art and Mixed Media
Scientific presentations and publications in the fields of education and nursing philosophy

Szalkay loves creating pictures, photos, transformations and installations. Influenced by various schools of art, she visited museums and galleries all over the world and explored the background of artworks in terms of their philosophical and physical (material, shape, colour), mental (knowledge, information), emotional, and spiritual dimensions.
A lengthy virtual creative process precedes the actual realization of the picture. This is complemented by a special blend of background music, which assists the artist’s mental process of visualization and, most importantly, the creative act itself. Szalkay's work is based on philosophy, mythology and spirituality („philosophy of shape“).
Creating specific ‘Cycles’ is like writing a thesis: The expression of philosophical entities in terms of colour and shape. So the starting point of any innovative technique as developed by the artist is the study and reflection of an area of special interest (hence ‘Reflexionism’).
The artist collects pertinent material as well as music, creating a well-defined mental concept in this process and combining elements of philosophy, myth and spirituality. The essence of this approach is to imagine a specific theme with the full spectre of its philosophical underpinnings. The observer should get the opportunity to communicate with the artwork in a way that allows him or her to find deeper aspects of individual dreams, perceptions, and personality.

                                                      
„Das Ich drückt nicht nur seine eigene ihm von Anfang an gegebene Form den Gegenständen auf, sondern es findet, es gewinnt, diese Form erst in der Gesamtheit der Wirkungen, die es auf die Gegenstände übt und die es von ihnen zurückempfängt“
Ernst Cassirer

Szalkay „Art is about storytelling“

Lebt und arbeitet in Österreich   
1989 Sponsion, Magistra der Philosophie an der Universität Graz
1993 Promotion, Doktorin der Philosophie an der Universität Graz
Techniken: Kohle, Hinterglas, Collagen, Installationen, Fotografie, Transformationen, Science Art und Mixed Media
Wissenschaftliche Präsentationen und Publikationen auf den Gebieten Pädagogik und Pflegephilosophie

Szalkay liebt den kreativen Akt der Schaffung von Bildern, Fotos, Transformationen und Installationen. Beeinflusst von verschiedenen Kunstschulen, besuchte sie Museen und Galerien und erforschte den Hintergrund der Kunstwerke in Bezug auf ihre philosophischen und physischen (Material, Form, Farbe), mentalen (Wissen, Information), emotionalen und spirituellen Dimensionen. Ein virtueller kreativer Prozess geht der eigentlichen Realisierung des Bildes voraus. Hinzu kommt eine spezifisch thematisch abgestimmte Hintergrundmusik, die den mentalen Visualisierungsprozess und vor allem den kreativen Akt selbst leitet und basiert auf Philosophie, Mythologie und Spiritualität („philosophy of shape“).
Die Schaffung spezifischer Zyklen ist wie das Schreiben einer Doktorarbeit, ein Ausdruck der philosophischen Entitäten in Bezug auf Farbe und Gestalt. Der Ausgangspunkt einer innovativen Technik, wie sie von der  Künstlerin entwickelt wurde, basiert auf einer vertieften Analyse und Reflexion eines umschriebenen Bereiches („Reflexionismus)“.
Material und Musik werden gesammelt und ein wohl definiertes mentales Denkkonzept kreiert,  welches  Elemente der Philosophie, des Mythos und der Spiritualität vereint. Die Essenz dieses Ansatzes besteht darin, sich eine konkrete Thematik mit dem dazugehörigen Spektrum vorzustellen („Philosophie der Gestalt“). Der Betrachter sollte die Möglichkeit erhalten, mit dem Kunstwerk in einer Weise zu kommunizieren, die es ihm ermöglicht, seiner Persönlichkeit entsprechende tiefere Aspekte der individuellen Träume und Wahrnehmungen zu finden.



Art descriptions / Comments (selected)

I loved your expressive and delicate artwork on your webpage and I have presented it to the gallery team ... we would love you to be part of our ART NORDIC 2018 project (in Copenhagen)

Blanca, Gaudi Art Gallery curator, Madrid 2018

Irma Michaela Szalkay ama creare immagini, foto, trasformazioni e installazioni. Influenzata da varie scuole d’arte, ha visitato musei e gallerie in tutto il mondo e ha esplorato l’origine delle varie opere in termini filosofici e fisici (materiale, forma, colore), mentali (conoscenza, informazione), emozionali e spirituali...

Visioni alla Galleria Arttime. Friuli online, 17 novembre 2017

Für ihre Acrylmischtechnik nutzt die österreichische Künstlerin Irma Michaela Szalkay (*1952) neben Acrylfarben auf ihrer Leinwand auch andere Materialien wie..Glasperlen, die das Bild dreidimensional werden lassen. Die Homepage der Künstlerin, die auch Philosophie studiert hat, ist überschrieben mit Philosophie der Form.. Unter die Werke..setzt sie die Namen der Komponisten, deren Musik sie bei der Entstehung gehört hat..

Aus: Judith Moser / Lukas Schmitt, Hinduismus - Buddhismus. In: Themen im Religionsunterricht. Institut für Religionspädagogik der Erzdiözese Freiburg 2016, ISBN 978-3-96003190

In recognition for her excellence in the arts, and for her achievements and great contribution to culture and humanities

Viviana Puello, Editor in Chief, Arttour International Magazine 2014

I love the moving, sublime qualities in your abstract paintings. Each of your works is incredibly elemental. Using sensuous, romantic colors they convey a rich passion that is compelling. Collectively, your contemporary works are vivid, expressionist paintings that communicate profound feelings to the viewer

Samantha Darling, Associate Curator, Broadway Gallery New York 2012

I have recently been introduced to your work, and I must say I'm very impressed. It's an interesting blend of Pollock and Rauschenberg...

Robert M. Berry, Senior Curator, Icosahedron Gallery New York 2011

"Some of my staff who were researching for upcoming projects brought your fascinating works to my attention. Im specifically interested in your intuitive and profound thoughts on pathos, physicality, and the innovative nature of Reflexionism. I would like hear more about your ideologies and previous work, and to discuss with you the possibility of publishing an article  on your work both in print and on our numerous web sites.
Your overture appears to be immersed in the culture of painting and its potential for alchemical transformation. A new breed of painting the work invites viewers to a world full of vibrant colors and mysterious visages. Gracefully incorporating picturesque elements into the paintings you create landscapes and dreamscapes that stand for a reality observed through both yours and the viewers own vision. Looking closer at your theories and ideas, an article would explore and evaluate how you have seamlessly managed to create a signature of Neo-expressionist mark-making, which is fused with an almost primitive and outsider honesty. You achieve a topographical mapping of personal subjectivity, memory, and phenomenological experience using both modernist and postmodernist syntaxes as points of departure. When combined with the deeply conceptual, and spiritual nature of your work this becomes a fusion of styles and approaches that adroitly reference a range of art historical antecedents, while surpassing them at every turn."

Abraham Lubelski, Owner of The Broadway Gallery, Publisher, NY Arts Magazine 2010

Ms. Szalkay’s range of skills is amazingly broad, her work ranging from exquisite verre eglomise portraits and figurative pieces, to sculptural installations, to shockingly abstract paintings in the vein of Jackson Pollock but incorporating elements of assemblage...

Ruthie Tucker, Executive Director and Curator, in: Art Acquisitor Magazine 7/1, 2009

We´ve been fascinated by your stunning and powerful abstract art research where forms, pictorial traits and colours create such intense and emotional results ... your works reveal their power through the brightness of colours, through the different effects of forms, the textures, the pictorial matter, the magnetic energy from the pictorial sign which spring from the canvas...

Paola Trevisan, Trevisan International Art 2008

A Collector has recently brought your art to my attention, and I have been most impressed by your compelling and exciting artworks...

Ruthie Tucker, Executive Director - Curator, Amsterdam Whitney Gallery New York 2008

Selecting an art show of fifty to sixty pieces from 500 entries is daunting, especially when the majority are from your own local haunts ... you are looking at what I think is the best of the bunch

Joe Shannon, artist, critic and former curator of the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Touchstone Gallery, Washington D.C. 2003



            
        
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