It’s time for changes. Welcome to Agata Rek!
Hi, guys. This year (2016) is to me a year of traveling, searching for my own path, growing and evolving as a person and an artist.
I wanted to be better to myself and for others, I analyzed a lot and couldn’t help but wonder, who I really am and how best to explain to the world my image language, how I’m perceiving art and what my style is truly about. What makes me "Myself" and what makes me happy.
It’s amazing how it works when you're trying to motivate all the people around you, convince them to chase their dreams and search for their passions (which is one of my biggest desires and I feel it’s my mission) and you end up motivating yourself in the process- sometimes you don’t see the sense of it and wonder if you are actually needed. Magically every time I feel that way some strange woman ends up telling me her story and the things I needed to hear to help me keep going.
Is that karma?
I’ll never forget when I was living in Portland for a while and one day I went to some vintage store ( of course) and there was a woman who started to approach me, saying that she is a jewelry designer and for a long time she was struggling with money, life, and self-accomplishment. She got some "whatever" jobs to pay her bills but she was so miserable, even to the level she was trying to commit suicide at one point… suddenly she read somewhere, that the whole universe always makes the artist life harder because art is spiritual. So she decided to go back to making jewelry again and kick that universe's ass (pardon my French)! Now she is happy and on top of it, everything started to move towards good things and the right feelings.
Till now, I have no idea how she sensed my current struggle…was she a mystic?
This year also I lost my grandma, who was quite an eccentric and strong woman. She played the accordion, rode a motorcycle and was the best at shooting a gun.
She used to make the best creeps and oatmeal ever!
I also lost my dearest friend Ronald Pruette. He and his lovely wife Jola always believed in me and encourage me to keep working on my art. He helped me organize my exhibition in Birmingham (Michigan) and most of all , he told me that he sees how much women influence me, therefore, I should focus on that, because that’s what makes me happy and that’s my potential.
Now, here I am, arrived from that emotional roller-coaster, getting stronger, self-aware and truly inspired by all these people who helped me to understand what really counts in life and being an artist. Now I am finally being true to myself and it feels fantastic!
I am, standing in front of you “naked”, fully exposed and honest.
It means I don’t have to hide anymore under my pseudonym Mia Mandela. I have decided that if the changes in me are so deep, that I have to have the courage to sign my work and myself with my real name AGATA REK.
Please, keep that in mind, thank you for being with me on this journey, cheers
Ps: some website changes coming soon as well, stay tuned!!!