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Dagmara, Ewa and Magda visited London to take part in the second instalment of the Connect Project at Hornsey Town Hall Workshops / Exhibition in early December 2016.   Here all the groups of the Connect Project came together.

All the Connect artists groups visited Chelsea College of Arts, University … 

here I held a tour of the studios and building. This was followed by a talk in the Lecture Hall where all of the individual Connect groups presented their projects led by curator Oksana. This was an ideal opportunity for all the groups to engage and learn about each other’s projects and for all the artists to meet one another.

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Image courtesy of Kelise Franclemont

Prior to the D.E.L.M visit I had started making my marionette – as a mouse = my ultra-ego character … 

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Before and in Process

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Making the marionettes …

Dagmara, Magda and Ewa brought materials from Poland to create the marionettes. Dagmara is a marionette maker in Poland. Under her guidance we made our group’s marionettes and decided their characters.

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Deciding the characters…

Judy

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  • timeless problem, woman’s problems, discrimination.

We called this marionette Judy after the popular English seaside puppet show Punch and Judy. The play is actually about domestic violence. Currently the Polish government was attempting to pass new Polish laws to make abortion illegal. If a woman was raped she would be forced to keep the baby. There has been a huge outcry and protest by the Polish population that has led to the new law being squashed.

Trickster

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  • The Joker.
  • The Jester.
  • They say something but really mean something else.
  • Cunning .
  • Prankster.
  • Good and bad.

Dictator

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  • Fights to rule everyone.
  • Aggressive.
  • Possessive.
  • Ego.
  • The Controller.
  • The negative side of humans.

Pierrot

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  • Unrequited love.
  • His love was not wanted.
  • Rejected in love.
  • Common worries of the human condition.

Ewa, Magda and Dagmara at the Private View at Hornsey Town Hall.

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Stringing the Puppets …

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The puppets became extensions of ourselves …

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