Hello Mish A Mash (or should I call you Michał?)!
Please tell us who you are.
Michał is my name. MishA Mash is my personality; it’s a combination of the mess around me and inside me. I am a visual artist. I don’t like to say, “I’m a painter or sculptor.”
Your three main areas of interests are collage, glass, and fashion.
In what order have they become your hallmark?
I’ve been painting since I can remember. Then it was not enough for me. I decided to create collages because they give me more ways of expression. Collage is a combination of images and images have meanings, so it is something like a puzzle with each piece a different composition, and I like to set them together to show my thoughts. I started to study glass at the Academy of Art because I wanted to uncover new material. I like experiments. At first, I was fighting with glass but then I fell in love with it. And like I said – I like experiments; I tried painting, sculpting, graphics, photography, and even fashion because sometimes I like to wear unique clothes. I don’t like routine and the goal, not the way, is most important for me.
What inspires you most?
What makes you suddenly drop everything and go paint?
Life inspires me. I am an observer, I see and I think. Some impressions are stronger than others. It can be color, emotion, composition, stuff, or even an overheard sentence. It depends on what catches and keeps my attention.
Whattaroll is a magazine about analogue photography.
Our philosophy is painting with light.
What makes your images not painted with
a computer mouse but created long and with passion?
Painting is different than photography. It is impossible to paint exactly this same painting twice. In photography, you can make many prints. So I think photography has more in common with traditional graphic arts. But it does not matter. What’s important is to know a reason and to know the answer to the question, “Why am I doing it?” To know it, you need first the technical skills. And then you can choose what you want to do in your art. We have to be able to paint realistic still life or portrait to say, “I’m good painter”. Without it, you can’t know a reason, because you have borders. And this is the same in photography. A good photographer should know how to use camera, not just how to take a picture.
What do you associate with analogue photography?
Do you have your own analogue camera?
Hmmm… when I think about analogue photography, I think about Man Ray. He was great artist. I really like also Polish photographer Stefania Gurdowa. I saw her exhibition few years ago by accident in Krakow. I encourage you to learn more about her if you are not familiar with her work. I have a lot in common more with digital photography – it is more comfortable for me because is faster. For example, I can use it to take a picture of a body pose for my painting. A camera is also a contemporary tool for a painters, sculptors, etc. Besides, I often use pieces of photos in magazines to my collages. Yes, I have my analogue camera, even three! 36 frames is enough for me for 2-3 years, I take a pictures from time to time. And I like this process, because then I see moments, people in retrospect. But I am definitely not photographer – Remember, I like experiments.
You have had many exhibitions.
What would you advise novice artists who want to
show others their work, but are afraid of criticism?
What can I say? Just do it!I was fortunate enough to always hear positive feedbacks about my work… well, maybe not in school. My professors often didn’t agree with me, so sometimes I felt like a lone soldier fighting the enemies. But my advise is, if you feel that your work is good, fight! And be yourself. Of course remember about reviews, and sometimes think about them. But in changing your way, you have to be sure it is your decision, not reviewers’. So try to find opportunities to show your stuff, not for fame but for your satisfaction. You never know, maybe someday your work can affect someone’s life.