University: Gray's School of Art
Graduation Year: 2019
Like a quantum cartographer, Agota Magyar captures terrains from above and in non linear time. Taking us to soaring heights to look down and reflect upon the historic landscape of her home country - Hungary. In her collages/assemblages, Magyar reflects on the history of the country, pre and post its communist era. In a cubist style, she describes the stereotypical, high-rise homes built during communism - jagged blocks and ominous black lines, offsetting these with shapes that represent the more recent design and architecture of the region.
My recent practice has been influenced by the present political and social landscape of my home country, Hungary. I am interested in the workings of the current government, how the past is impacting on this and the effect that this is having on everyday life. Through my paintings, I attempt to explore the parallel qualities and issues between the two systems. I have been looking for a symbol that I can use, that represents the past system, an image of communism. I wanted to use something that was still extant, still a visible part of the people’s daily lives; a motive which can symbolise the fact the past is continuing. I decided to use the architectural forms of the typical socialist-built, high rise building. These brutalist structures characterised by their simple, block-like forms and raw concrete construction, still exist in great numbers in Hungary and are a means of housing for thousands of ordinary Hungarians.
My aim here is to show that these different layers represent the recent refurbishment of the high rise buildings and that these layers built on top of each other, leave the viewer only getting hints at what still lies underneath. In a similar way as the systems built on top each other and gives hint to the citizens what is happening in the politic in Hungary. In my work, the idea is on focus and the viewer has their own thoughts and where the artworks provoke questions and thought into audience.