Dagmara Rudkin

Visual Artist

Haiku 2019 at the Phoenix Art Space

Throughout December the Phoenix Art Space Window Gallery is displaying our responses to haikus. Here is mine: a three-part installation made out of lampshades that represent transitions between seasons and transitions in women’s body. There are many other responses created by Phoenix-based artist in the exhibition which will continue till the 5th of January 2020.

Lampshades Sculptures

This series started with Gerda Chandelier made for the Snow Q Project last year. This time , the upcycled lampshade was turned into a free-standing rather than suspended installation. It makes me think of reclining Mayan sculptures or work by Henry Moore. Or a decorative piece of furniture. Some parts are like a spine and veins, some like tattooed skin. Or a decorative upholstery. The bulging curvy form that looks like breast and pregnant belly bump and vulva, is made out of a bra and has strong visual links to fertility sculptures. The bottom part of the lampshade is cut into and tassels unfurl to look like ovaries. I wonder whether this particular piece was subconsciously produced as a result of risk reducing surgeries I had as a BRCA carrier.

Textile sculpture made out of a recycled lampshade, tights, tassels and found objects. It is reminiscent of ancient Maya sculptures, fertility sculptures but also an organic flower-like form or even a piece of decorative furniture.
Top left: Ancient Maya sculpture and work by Henry Moore

Bottom: my work in progress, shots taken in my studio at the Phoenix, Brighton

Coat-hanger birds

I have been working with them for a while. Their flimsy little bodies and their ubiquity make them pathetic and vulnerable but also slightly predatorial. Some make me think of winter crows. Some of dead seagulls found on a beach. Some of plucked chickens ready for the Sunday Roast. Made with laddered tights and found, rejected materials: packaging, bags, bits found on a beach.

sculptures made out of wire coat hangers and recycled materials such as tights and plastic bags

‘Summer, Fall and Spring again’ : Solo exhibition at Phoenix Brighton this June and a feature as Artist of the Month

Please come to see my latest mixed media drawings and sculptures created in response to seasons, folktales and mythology. I will also exhibit textile sculpture produced for the Arts Council funded Snow Q project. The exhibition will be open every day and will finish on 23rd of June. Please click here to see a short feature in June’s edition of Artist of the Month.

Open Studios 18th and 19th of May

Please come and join me at my studio (3S6) at the Phoenix Brighton. I will be showing my paintings, new mixed media drawings as well as textile sculpture produced for the Snow Q Project.


Snow Q Project


site-specific performance funded by the Arts CouncilPoster design by Wendy Pye

 Re-imagining of The Snow Queen: site specific art, video, poetry and music installation
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