In Partnership with Textile Arts Center, and The Wassaic Project
Artist Talk by Brigitta Varadi
Tuesday, August 23rd at 6pm
Brigitta Varadi’s work explores how memory can inform our present day perspectives and artistic expressions. Working with different type of natural fibres like wool and linen and using textile techniques such as dyeing, felting and sculptural manipulation, Varadi searches for pattern and repetition of gesture that relate to the invisible and everyday rituals of working life and the constructed environment. The process reflects the essence of her work, an erosion of memories through repetitive action till all that remains is the action itself.
Hungarian-born Brigitta Varadi divides her time between New York and Co.Leitrim, Ireland. Her latest solo shows were held at the Leitrim Sculpture Centre (2015), Ireland, Serbian Church Gallery (2015) Hungary, Textile Arts Centre (2014) New York. Brigitta is a recipient of numerous awards, residency and fellowship programs. She has awarded grants from Arts Council of Ireland Travel and Training Award, Arts Council of Ireland Artists in Prison Scheme Award, Leitrim County Council Arts Bursary, Culture Ireland Award. Brigitta was acknowledged for her contribution to the arts of Ireland by the President, Mary Mc Alesse, 2008.
She has participated in residencies at NARS Foundation, Brooklyn, NY (2014), Textile Arts Centre, Brooklyn, NY (2014), ChaNorth, Chashama, New York( 2013), CAC-Woodside, Troy, New York (2012) in the USA. She is the recipient of the Leitrim Sculpture Centre Fellowship (2015), LOCIS, Europian Cultural Program between Sweden, Poland and Ireland(2014) and TRADE (2011) Fellowships, Ireland and KulttuuriKauppila, Finland (2006).
Currently she is the Education Fellow at the Wassaic Project and selected for the NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program. Brigitta's latest solo, GOLDENROD, a public intervention and pop-up tea shop was presented at the Ortega y Gasset Projects (2016.)
Entrée/Encore is a series of artists’ talks, discussions, and performances, launched in Fall 2016, which presents our artists and curators-in-residence in dialogue with the cultural community in NY and abroad. Whether it is former residency artists who return to NARS to share how their practice has developed since and new work, or current artists presenting ongoing projects, this initiative provides artists a critical environment to experiment with or contextualize multidisciplinary practices and perspectives within the languages of art and critical socio-political concerns.