Biography

Gabriella Novak (b.1982 in Silesia, Poland) multimedia and performance artist, lives and works in Stockholm. Gabriella works with mixed media painting and performance art where parts of the creative process are replaced and inspired by AI, robots and machines or, as she calls it, created by artificial bodies.

“The idea of working with machines arose when a few years ago I became quite ill and my body was mostly paralyzed. I asked myself how I could create without a physical body and I started to automate the method of painting which then led to building my own machines. As science-fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin wrote; ‘Technology is the active human interface with the material world.’ As for me working with technologies is an exploration of the material world, the possibility to transfer some of my consciousness, a task, to an artificial body. When the whole process has been automated, I have created a machine which comprises the mechanical ability to create, in the same way a human can, and the whole thing is very exciting.”

EDUCATION

2013-2016    Bachelor in Fine Arts, Academy of Fine Arts, Umeå, (Sweden)

2011-2013    Art History, Film studies, Gävle University, (Sweden)

2010             Photography, Valand Academy, HFF, Gothenburg, (Sweden)

2010-2011    Philosophy of photography, Karlstad University (Sweden)

RECENT SHOWS / PROJECTS

2020 Duo-Show at Glasgalleriet, Ludvika, (Sweden)
2015-2019 Running performance group Personal Space with Mariusz Andrzejczyk
2019 Open Studio AIR Brashnar Creative Project, Skopje (Nord Macedonia)
2019 Performance ”Earth ritual” with NKK, The Art Market, Mossutställningar, Stockholm
2018 Performance at Pals Performance Art Links, Fylkingen, Stockholm
2018 Performance ”Kungörelse” with NKK, Moderna Museet, Stockholm
2017 Performance, 7th Contexts International Festival of Ephemeral Art, Sokolowsko, (Poland)
2017 Center for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Workshop by Maja Bekan, Warsaw

ASSISTANT 2020
Cecilia Edefalk

GRANTS
IAPSIS, The Swedish Arts Grants Committee, Konstnärsnämnden (Sweden)

MEMBER
The Swedish Artists National Organisation, Konstnärernas Riksorganisation (KRO)
New Artist Club, Nya Konstnärsklubben (NKK)

BIO IN ENGLISH HERE