SOON met with Camberwell illustrator Aga Giecko to discuss her personal favourite works and her plans post graduation.
Introduce yourself and your work.
I’m Aga, I’m 23 and originally from Lublin, Poland. I’m currently based in London. I like to draw silly faces on objects and I am obsessed with dogs, grapefruits and History of Fine Art. I’m still in the process of finding my own ‘style’ so my work is currently very diverse. I always have a sharpie with me and most of my quick sketches are black and white, bold, line drawings. I love painting and playing with colours, patterns and print. Recently, I’ve been introduced to ceramics and I have absolutely fallen in love with it! It feels great to finally craft an actually ‘bum-shaped bum’ and just cheat on paper every now and then.
How long have you been creating for?
I’ve been doodling since forever but some decisions had to be made in high school. I went to a Comprehensive School of Fine Arts in my hometown yet somehow a plan to become a lawyer emerged. I guess considering grades and a financially steady future felt like a reasonable idea. Trying to make it as an artist still feels rather scary but also makes me feel so happy, so I had to give myself a chance and follow my dreams. It’s coming up to three years now since getting into UAL and moving to London. It’s the best decision I ever made.
Describe your work in 3 words.
‘Omg, so cute!’ is what I hear a lot, so that might be accurate.
Describe the way you work in 3 words.
Spontaneously, deadline-y and diligently.
What’s your favourite colour?
Black. I love the simplicity of a black, line drawing.
How long do you spend on each piece of work?
It depends. Sometimes I create something really quick in a matter of minutes and it’s complete in its simplicity, but there are times when I spend several days or weeks on a more detailed and laborious project.
What’s your favourite environment to work in?
I really like working in my Uni studio. It’s great to be surrounded by so many creative individuals from all over the world. I believe it’s one of the best qualities of an art school; meeting all these lovely people, being inspired and supported by them. I find it quite hard to work in silence, I really need something in the background. I’m not overly specific about the noise though, it might be a radio show, news, cartoons or documentaries playing in the background. Sharing my home with a big collection of records comes in handy too…
Who inspires what you do?
I am a huge Fine Art geek so research is a very important part of my practice. I get inspired by literally everything; exhibitions, other creatives, music, books, even everyday life. Just the other day I saw this ‘Dog Unit’ signage on a van and it’s already becoming a small project to be published, just in time for the year of a dog. On top of that, I do a lot of brainstorming with my partner, he’s a bedroom DJ. We often give each other advice and sometimes even collaborate.
What’s your favourite piece you’ve ever made?
I really like the idea of creating lo-fi zines. I do quite a lot of them, they’re like children to me so I guess I shouldn’t pick any favourites. The one illustrating the alleged fact about people sharing 50% of their DNA with bananas felt like a little breakthrough. I created a small universe in which the yellow, fruity individuals replaced humans in famous works of art. Come to think of it though, I’m always working on my next ‘favourite’ zine. Always.
Where would you like to be with your work in 10 years time?
I hope art will still give me great joy wherever I will be in 10 years time. I would love to still be doing creative things and expanding my practice. I would love to have published a ‘real’ book, or done an art residency in Asia. Overall though I just want people to be smiling and made to feel better when they look at what I do.
What’s your ‘Something Out Of Nothing’? One of life’s simple pleasures that you just can’t live without…
New Sharpies always makes me feel excited. Also, sunny days and the smell of freshly cut grass.