ART: The Entanglement of Art And Life

“I am interested in solving the unknown factor of art and the unknown factor of life” - Eva Hesse

By: Joanna Makas

Joanna is a visual Artist visual artist with an underlying interest in the human body, temporal experience and the interconnectedness of the world we live in. Her research interests include

feminist phenomenology, body studies and the politics of materiality. She is currently engaged in how care as a concept and as an ethics of practice can forge new ways of Being. It is about bringing the body to the forefront of practice.


Website: www.joannemakas.com

Instagram: JoJoMakas


Art exists to make one feel things, to go to another place, to go to the soul.

One purpose of Art is to make visible something that is deeply hidden within. Art exists

to make one feel things, to go to another place, to go to the soul. I believe creative practices

are an entanglement of the subject’s body and mind with the world and it’s phenomena. For

me art provides an intimate journey of interconnectivity, and so I consider my practice to be

a complex condition inclusive of processes entwined in tactile, intellectual and emotional

activities. It conveys the experience of being in the world and of becoming conscious of this

being. Thus, art reveals an affective dimension which can be both healing and transformative.


...an artist seeks to create new ways of thinking, perceiving and sensing life’s infinite possibilities.

The production of an affective dimension for audiences has been a central concern for

artists for many years. French artist Henri Matisse (1869 – 1954) dreamed of a mode of artistic

production – the creation of affective “machines” – that could transfer expressive content

into the soul of the viewer without representational mediation. An artist’s motivation to

present how the affective textures and activities of everyday life are shaped is an important

element here. By affect, I mean embodied mean