Eszter Sziksz | Before it Fades

PRESS RELEASE | Visit the exhibition ‘Before it Fades’ online with Artsy or as a featured artist for PRPG.mx show ‘imPosible’ as part of the Zona Maco – Semana de Arte in Mexico City, Mexico from April 24th to June 5th, 2021, and online with Artsy.net April 24th to June 24th, 2021.

Eszter Sziksz’s printmaking defies logic and embraces the temporary. Rooted in tradition but an exploration of all the elements opposing traditional printmaking. As a printmaker, she explores the ephemeron – or shifting material states of each piece as it grows in time, decays, and leaves a trace of memory. Her prints can take the shape of a psychic imprint with deeper, more sentient engagement in the inner life of the viewer.  Sziksz’s work is a ritual performance related to her life experiences as an immigrant from Hungary 12 years ago. She reflects on how Covid has created a deeper level of separation from her family within her work related to memories and inspired a new collection,  Waiting. “I print repeated family portraits using ephemeral materials like ice, sand, MSG, milk, and ash that quickly wash away. Nothing lasts forever— and paradoxically, sometimes all you can do is wait for something to change. This metaphor speaks to the organic metamorphoses of my materials: oil on canvas, print on paper, melting ice sheets, or fragile sand prints. I also print words that indicate coinciding feelings that mark me for what seems to be an eternity. For, I lose the sense of time in what feels like endless isolation. These sentient impressions of my work may be more important than the survival of the work itself.
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Eszter Sziksz is a current artist in residency with PRPG.mx living and working in Sarasota, Florida. She produced some of the work included in the show as part of the residency Art Lab Project with a concurrent group exhibition presented on Artsy.net along with participation in PRPG.mx’s inclusion in Zona Maco. Zona Maco 2021 is part of the International Art Fair week in Mexico City, Mexico from April 27th – May 2nd, 2021. You can visit PRPG.mx in the heart of CDMX’s cultural district Colonia Juarez or view the entire exhibit on Arty.net.

ESZTER SZIKSZ

ARTIST’S STATEMENT | As a printmaker, I explore the Ephemeron—or shifting material states of each piece as it grows in time, decays, and leaves a trace of memory. My prints can take the shape of a psychic imprint with deeper, more sentient engagement in the inner life of the viewer.  The work is also my personal ritual that performs my own foundations. I emigrated from Hungary 12 years ago; Covid has made even more separation from my family, and I miss them every day. Our Covid quarantine restrictions inspired a new collection,  Waiting. I print repeated family portraits using ephemeral materials like ice, sand, MSG, milk, and ash that quickly wash away. Nothing lasts forever— and paradoxically, sometimes all you can do is wait for something to change. This metaphor speaks to the organic metamorphoses of my materials: oil on canvas, print on paper, melting ice sheets, or fragile sand prints. I also print words that indicate coinciding feelings that mark me for what seems to be an eternity. For, I lose the sense of time in what feels like endless isolation. These sentient impressions of my work may be more important than the survival of the work itself.


ARTIST’S BIO | Eszter Sziksz is a Hungarian artist and has traveled and lived in several countries from Asia to Europe. Her work blends printmaking, installation, and video elements. She is an active artist and has shown at the regional and international levels from Tokyo to Budapest.

Her works were recently shown at the Hunderton Art Museum in Clinton, NJ; Santorini Art Biennial Greece; International Artists Collective Museo del Brigantaggio, Itri, Italy; Ice Hotel, Sweden; Krakow International Print Triennial, Poland; IMPACT10 in Spain; and IPCNY (International Print Center New York).  Eszter’s works were mentioned in Art in Print Magazine, Volume 5, number 2, and she was featured on the cover of Volume 7, number 6 as the Prix de Print No. 28 Award winner. After earning a BA from Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, she made her way to Memphis College of Art where she completed her MFA in Studio Arts. Eszter recently finished a doctorate degree, DLA in Fine Arts, at Pecsi Tudomany Egyetem, Pecs, Hungary. 

Eszter’s prints appear in collections at Pecsi Tudomany University, Hungary; Memphis College of Art- Presidential Purchase Collection; Szent Istvan Museum, Szekesfehervar, Hungary; University of North Florida; Santorini Biennial of Arts, Greece; and the International Artists Collective Museo del Brigantaggio, Itri, Italy.