Paper pictures by Katalin Nagy

The artist

Textile artist Katalin Nagy has taken part in several wall carpet exhibitions and has won several prizes.

Apart from her own works she has put together a series called " Motives with a modern theme " in which she uses odd pieces of scrap paper from walls and segments of posters in order to portray a visual synopsis of the turn of the century. This many-sided scope is portrayed in today's accelerated stream of fragmented information that eventually gets abandoned.

The superficial pieces of the wall carpet appear as a collage.

Weaving is, therefore, to be considered in two segments. The first is the technique of the ' goblin ' itself and the second is the composition and the piecemeal fragmentation from which the picture surface is made.

The formation of Pop-Art thoughts is filtered through post-modern meanings and correspond to the obvious and expressive work of art. Katalin Nagy is now trying to create something with paper.

In the beginning, with the creation of this paper, she looked for different ways to put it together.

The material

Artwork made from always had a smaller status and was always classified as a thing of smaller  importance during  exhibitions. The traditional studies and samples for books and graphically photocopied paper were never considered remarkable because of their lack of colour and were never looked at as having any degree of artistic fame.

Codes, books. Letters. Drawing and manuscripts of our culture have existed for thousands of years and are the most important source for recording our references and proof of existence.

Paper is an ephemeral and perishable material that can be destroyed with only one drop of water.

The artist Katalin  Nagy  approaches the always beautiful world of the gobelins close to the paper world that is time-limited and cheap and which is available to everyone.

Of course she doesn't only decorate the picture space, but also in her own creates a new surface.

She manipulates smooth  pieces of paper as well as breakable things like tissue paper for making pieces of art and thereby not only weaving things, but creating something that is brought together in layers.

The Structure

Thin layers of tissue paper from the surface of the connecting layers  ( glued together ) into a structure of its own. Between these layers comes the other material that forms the making of the picture.

Tiny pieces of paper, threads of wool, bits of foil and small rows of paper and up between the layers to built a spontaneous and decorative composition.

The artist has used, almost like in a wall carpet, the  remains of street posters and transformed them with ordinary and every-day material into a picture using textiles, paper and fragments of oil.

Compared with the collage ( seen as a finished product ) it is obvious that the composition has no relevance to the contents of the  material used, but becomes a memory of the contemporary mechanism that is short-lived and almost banal. With the use of the different paper and because of the impulsive motives, one derives the  thinking that the pictures should be deciphered with a script code or with calligraphy.

The decorative compositions with traces of the turn of the century have no direct meaning or 

relationship to the world of today.

Their significance only comes from the creator Katalin Nagy and is portrayed through thin transparent layers of paper that are woven together with thicker substances.

The design of the artwork is to combine the traditional and technical scope of work with the formal and limited composition. In this connection we see the meaning of  artwork portrayed when the concept precedes the creation with instant paper squares that allow the concept to be more exact.

It is the strategy of the creator with an artistic tradition to find a new meaning for the observer when he looks at decorative surface full of  well-known objects that make him think about new implications.