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Q&A with Anna Skibska | 2002 Fellowship, Visual

Artist Trust

Photo: La Skibska, Pyramid of Happiness, Anna Skibska Technique, glass, 2016.

Q: What kind of art do you make? 
A: I was trained in fine arts. I am recognized as a sculptor, who uses glass. I am not interested in glass per se. It is only one medium that conveys my thoughts, embodies my visions. I work with space, time, light. Sometimes I write. Sometimes I design interiors—just for my proper, artistic hygiene. Sometimes I do collages, photography, film. Sometimes I design small sculptural forms like jewelry.

Q: What did you use your award for? 
A: When I had received the award… it was a time of substantial changes in my life. I was settling down in America in my newly redesigned life. I had to recreate my workshop, my tools, my library, my everyday life. I had brought over only two pieces of my luggage, six hundred dollars and my hope, which was only a tiny millimeter bigger than my fear. I had to learn how to live in a benevolent but an unknown environment. I also had to learn English, to use avcomputer… . It is a banal and cruelly simple truth. I had to build the infrastructure, the base, the launching pad for my art work. The award then was highly appreciated and wisely used.

Q: What was the impact of this award/Artist Trust on your art career/life?
A: The launching pad allowed me, several years later, to present my art work at Art Basil (in Switzerland). It had taken exhibitions to Jardin de Tuileries, Versailles in Paris, Venice, etc. It allowed me to become a part of the artistic landscape of America.

Anna Skibska studied at the Academy of Art in Wroclaw, Poland, in the Department of Painting, graduating in 1984 (Polish Minister of Culture and Art Award in the presentation of Art Academy’s Best Diplomas at the exhibition, Diploma ‘84, Museum of Architecture, Wroclaw, Poland). From 1985 to 1996, Skibska was a faculty member and teacher of fine arts and architecture at Academy of Art in Wroclaw, Poland. In 1990, she presented her work at the OB’Art 5e Salon de L’Objet D’Art Contemporain at Porte de Versailles in Paris, France (catalogue printed). Her signature technique, known as Anna Skibska Technique was developed in the first half of the 90’s. In 1992, she was the youngest artist invited to the National Museum in Wroclaw for an individual exhibition (catalogue printed). She moved to the USA in the late 90/s, and has since resided and created in Seattle, Washington. In 2001, she had a solo exhibition at the Seattle Art Museum. In 2002 ,she was invited to present her work at Fondacione Bevilaqua la Masa in Venice. In 2004, the flameworking studio in Pratt Fine Arts Center in Seattle was officially named the Anna Skibska Flameworking Studio. She participated with financial success in 11e Pavillon des Arts et du Design, Jarden des Tuileries, Paris in 2007. The same year, Skibska participated in Basel/Miami Design, where her exhibition was purchased by Musee-Atelier du Verre, Sars-Poteries, France. In his 2013 book, Spark the Creative Flame, P. Stankard devoted a chapter, Sparkle of the Soul to Skibska’s achievements and her technique. In the same year, she presented her work at the Museo del Vetro in Murano, Venice, coinciding with the Venice Biennale. In 2014, she was awarded the Honeycomb Award in Poland.