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Eszter Sziksz. printmaking, performance, installation.

Updated: May 28, 2020

Eszter Sziksz

Sarasota, FL

printmaking, performance, installation.

'Eszter Sziksz (b. Hungary, lives in Sarasota, FL) received her BA at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, 2006, her MFA at Memphis College of Art, 2010 and her DLA at University of Pécs, Hungary, 2018. Sziksz teaches printmaking at Ringling College of Art + Design, Sarasota. Her works have been exhibited at Site:Brooklyn; Hunterdon Art Museum, Clinton, NJ; International Print Center New York; as well as at venues in Hungary and Spain. Sziksz won the Prix de Print #28 Award given by Art in Printmagazine and was featured on the cover of its 6th issue in 2018. Sziksz’s works are part of permanent collections in Greece, Hungary and Italy.' 

Eszter on her current series, 'Waiting':

"Sometimes there is nothing else to do about a situation, just sit back and wait. 

I created this series during the epidemic, mainly at home or at the beach close to my house in Florida where I spend my quarantine. I screen-printed the word “waiting” and distanced family member’s portrait with ash on sand.  The wind slowly blow the text and the image away and set back the scene to original.  My other work I printed on stacked papers and soap. They all very unstable ephemeral surfaces to work with. 

The Greeks termed 'ephemeron’ as born to expire, enacting the cycle of composing and decomposing all at once. The significant difference between truly ‘ephemeral’ art and printmaking is one can never be repeated and the other one can be recreated through the matrix. As an artist, I was always looking for my place in a contemporary fine art fields, my primary works are all printmaking related, but I am not interested to create any multiples. I feel like my works start to get alive after printing. My print on ice start to get interesting when it melts, or I need the power of the wind to engage with my sand prints.  All are intrinsically tied to the intended meaning of the work, yet at the same time can convey multiple levels of interpretation.  The 'Ephemeron' explores this shifting state and the many ways each work grows or changes contributing to the overall message. My work uses the concept of ephemera to convey the finished piece of work matters less than the process it took to create it. Each work grows in time, decays and leaves a trace memory – all are integral parts of a cycle and the basis for a deeper engagement. The intent is to examine memory in relation to the ephemeral, materiality and the visual image. Time is equally an important aspect of my work. I can`t keep my melting ice sheets or the fragile sand prints for the eternity. Sooner or later everything decays, oil on canvas, print on paper. My goal to create an experience with my work for the viewers. I aim to keep my work alive in memories, the creation will be immortal until someone remembers of it.  If the work itself vanishes, its spirit may still remain in the memory of the recipient and this may be more important than the survival of the work itself."


What do you miss most right now?

I miss the creative feedbacks about my work.

What do you wish you could do creatively at this moment in time?

I would like to create a print based installation with soap and sand. Explore more aspects of ephemeral art.

What do you wish you could do creatively at this moment in time?

I would like to create a print based installation with soap and sand. Explore more aspects of ephemeral art.

What are you working on right now?

I `m working on the titles of the piece, I still call them Waiting Series. 

Materials: The image and materials are equal in my work, they come hand in hand and support each other`s meaning. I feel like if I print the same image on  ice or soap it will be a different piece. The materials has different metaphors and that invisible information builds in the work itself, but I need a viewer who activates the metaphors in their mind. I'm more interested in the experience that my work can create for different people than the subsistence of it. The materials I use for this project are sand, ice, soap, paper dust, ash. For my sand prints I was inspired by the buddhist sand mandalas. I admire the time and and energy that they use to create the work, and the strong mindset, that they able to "destroy it" or "letting it go" 

I moved to USA 12 years ago, I am currently living Florida. I wanted to connect my recent environment (sand/beach) to my loved ones portrait`s (who I miss a lot, because they live far away from me) 

What are your goals for yourself during residency?

Get connected more artists and curators. I would like to push my works to a higher level.

What would you like to have accomplished by the end of this residency?

A strong and cohesive body of work inspired my the recent pandemic .

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