Dr. Agata Stepien
Master in Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, Italy
Research interests: focused on female artistic perception and is based on interest in intimacy and the female body.
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Dr. Agata Teresa Stępień was born in Cracow to an artistic family in 1986 and grew up in the north of Spain. Firstly in 2007, a stay at the Faculty of Humanities and Arts in Castilla la Mancha Spain and secondly in 2008, a stay at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels. After graduating her bachelor with cum Laude she continued her master studies in attending the Belle Arti University of Rome, where a further diploma with honorable mentions was acquired. During the master studies, again interest in new insights and experiences as in previous years drove her to went for another exchange to the Escola Massana d’art in Barcelona. Despite several exhibition around her stays in Europe she decided, following on her master graduation in 2013, to broaden the knowledge about feminine art and gender topics in researching and developing a PhD thesis. A three year investigation in Barcelona, Lisbon and finally Castilla la Mancha led to a doctoral degree in Humanities and Gender studies.
She spent the last 11 years studying and gaining scholarships in 6 countries. She earned a master's degree in art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome (she received a diploma in painting with honors), then resided in Barcelona and completed her doctoral studies with the title of international doctor of art at two universities: Universidad de Castilla La Mancha in Spain and Universidade Belas Artes Lisboa in Portugal. In 2017-2018 she taught a course in two languages on the subject of her own work called 'Global perspective of body in actual art. The introduction of transgression in art. Cultural dynamics' at the Faculty of Humanities of the AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow. She has also delivered papers at the invitation of European universities (including the Womens Leadership Symposium in Oxford). She is a member of the Indevol International Research Group and the Euro-Mediterranean Women's Foundation in Barcelona. She is fluent in four languages. Her research focuses on female artistic perception and is based on interest in intimacy and the female body. Lives and works in Europe.
Dr. Agata Teresa Stępień presents her study on female artistic perception, based on intimacy and the relationship around the body and importance of physical manifestation. The whole series talks about her private life and proves that no one gets rid of imperfections or insecurity. In her daily life, she is still working and using art as a way to relieve her anxiety, as a meaning of kind of exorcism. The psychoanalysis is present in the work. Her emotions are out of proportion to the events that cause them, they bother her and she has to get rid of them. The process of creating define it as an act of downloading emotions. This way is like her work becomes an attractive and very intimate motivation. She believes that art can be sometimes an instrument for dealing with individual and social conflicts, to watch them in front and thus revive these small beginings and endings we live every day.
The presented series of works is about the private life of the author and proves that nobody is free from imperfections or uncertainties. The artist uses art as a way of emphasizing her anxiety and defines the process of creation as an act of absorbing emotions. In this way her work becomes a very intimate and attractive motivation for the viewer. In her works, the reflections focus on the body as the subject of artistic activity, on the creative level of physical transgression, which circulate in search of answers to the questions about the limits of body image and artistic freedom in the context of contemporary culture. The artist's center of interest is the body as an experimental zone, the influence of power, property subject to continuous change, and places where one can define his or her own subjectivity. The cycle reassesses the visual sphere as well as the concept of art, beauty and aesthetics. The function should be interpreted as a revelation, showing what is not obvious, what is " subcutaneous", unclear and marginal. The search is based on the study of female intimacy and the extremes of intimate transgression, through the interpretation and psychoanalysis research, philosophy and the broadly understood humanities of our time. Inspired by authors who studied the subject of corporality and its participation in the context of power. These poles of intellectual tensions of crossing borders, in the context of the values and norms of different societies, give rise to the cultural existence of art and the cause for transgression in the face of current affairs, examining the extent to which we can predict conflict and develop a meeting strategy with regards to taboo in order to maintain constructive interpersonal experiences.