Global Talent Art Prize 1st Winner

Exploring the Ethereal: Poetic Artistry of Margarita Frančeska Loze


From the series “Ten stories”, embroidery on found object, lace, 48 x 30 cm, 2023

In the realm of contemporary art, few creators manage to encapsulate the essence of the ordinary with the same finesse and ethereal quality as Margarita Frančeska Loze. A Latvian artist born in 1997, Loze’s work beckons viewers to reacquaint themselves with life’s fleeting moments and rediscover the magic hidden within the mundane. Her artistic exploration, which seamlessly intertwines textile production and found objects, has garnered her recognition and acclaim in the global art scene.

Nacreous Dream (fragment), 2023, hand-drawn stop motion on transparent paper, colour, sound, 5 minutes 33 seconds. In collaboration with Melanie Christine Amengual (sound)

At the heart of Loze’s recent creations is an intricate dance between mediums, a symphony composed of hand-drawn stop motion, writing, embroidery, and sculpture. This blend forms the canvas upon which Loze paints her narratives, each piece serving as a gateway to the ephemeral nature of existence and a bridge connecting personal memories to universal truths. Her experimental storytelling approach conjures a dreamlike realm, where spatial, temporal, and poetic elements converge in a harmonious embrace.

From the series “Ten stories”,  embroidery on found object, 36 cm diameter, 2023

Central to Loze’s artistic philosophy is her symbiotic relationship with everyday objects. Her affinity for materials with defined functions and peculiar forms, adorned with their imperfections and idiosyncrasies, adds layers of depth to her compositions. These found objects, once on the brink of obscurity, regain purpose under Loze’s meticulous hand. Threads of thread and ink intertwine with the threads of their past, birthing a new narrative, a new existence. With this transformation, Loze challenges the very essence of objects, prompting contemplation on their phenomenological significance.

Full Moon in my head, embroidery on fabric, lace, 22 x 25 cm, 2021

Delving into myths spanning diverse cultures, Loze’s work unfurls a tapestry of wonderment that transcends the boundaries of the everyday. Her explorations extend into the enigmatic realms of déjà vu and atmospheric optics, phenomena that blur the lines between the real and the mystical [1]. Through her pieces, Loze invokes awe and invites viewers to peer through the veil that separates the mundane from the magical. Transparent paper drawings lend her stop motion animations an otherworldly quality, infusing them with an ethereal ambiance that resonates with her subject matter. 

From the series “Ten stories”,  embroidery on found object, 36 cm diameter, 2023   

Within the intricate tapestry of contemporary art, the luminous threads of creativity elegantly intertwine the artistic works of Cecilia Vicuña and Margarita Frančeska Loza. With skillful hands, each artist meticulously weaves a narrative that gracefully transcends the confines of time, culture, and perception. Despite the generational and geographical separation, a resonating harmony emerges between these two creators. Their profound exploration of life’s fleeting beauty and ingenious manipulation of artistic mediums converge, illuminating the ineffable and intangible aspects of the human experience.

«I create my sketchbooks with transparent paper because each book is like a draft of thoughts, and the seen-through paper layers create a movement itself from which I later fragment elements for the stop motion», Margarita says.

Home (close-up), embroidery on fabric, lace, 22 x 20 cm, 2021        

Vicuña and Loze artistic journeys converge in their shared exploration of time’s passage and the resonance of memory. Vicuña’s weaving connects history and spirituality, urging us to honor our roots and the stories they hold. In parallel, Loze’s multi-medium expressions bridge the gaps between the tangible and intangible, inviting us to celebrate life’s fleeting moments.

Both artists navigate the realms of myth and mysticism, crafting narratives that evoke wonder and introspection. Vicuña’s works are steeped in ritualistic significance, while Loze’s creations elicit a sense of awe through their otherworldly aesthetic. Their shared invitation to contemplate the profound within the ordinary serves as a reminder that the beauty of existence lies in the details we often overlook.

Cecilia Vicuña and Margarita Frančeska Loze are bound by a common thread—an unwavering dedication to exploring the temporal intricacies of life. Through their distinct yet harmonious expressions, they beckon us to revere the past, savor the present, and ponder the boundless possibilities of the future. Vicuña’s ancestral wisdom and Loze’s innovative visions remind us that within the fluidity of time, art stands as an eternal testament to human experience and our capacity to find meaning in its transience [2].

Photography book, embroidery on fabric, lace, found object, clamshell box, 36 x 50 cm, 2022

In 2023, Loze’s distinctive artistic vision was celebrated with the Global Talent Art Prize, a testament to her ability to captivate audiences worldwide. Her place in the contemporary art scene was solidified further with a coveted spot on the shortlist for The Muse Residency 2024. Notably, her selection for the prestigious Venice Biennale Fellowship program in 2022 underscored the global recognition her work had garnered within a short span.

a Limbo a Miracle a Quick Dust a (fragment), 2022, hand-drawn stop motion animation on transparent paper, colour, sound, 2 minutes 42 seconds

Currently pursuing an MFA Fine Art at Kingston School of Art, Loze is simultaneously a visionary and a co-founder of Conch Collective, a platform where her innovative perspective converges with the ideas of fellow artists. Through her artistic journey, she beckons us to rethink the boundaries between the tangible and the intangible, the ordinary and the supernatural.

Photography book, embroidery on fabric, lace, found object, clamshell box, 36 x 50 cm, 2022. Installation view of the exhibition  “In dialogue” at FUSEBOX, Kingston, UK, 2023

In the delicate interplay of threads, the carefully preserved contours of found objects, and the intangible whispers of myths and phenomena, Margarita Frančeska Loze redefines the boundaries of art. Her work is a testament to the profound beauty that hides within life’s fleeting moments, a celebration of the poetic resonance of the everyday. As we stand on the precipice of her dreamlike ontology, we are reminded that within the confines of the ordinary, magic thrives.

1 Conty, Arianne They Have Eyes That They Might not See: Walter Benjamin’s Aura and the Optical Unconscious / Literature and Theology, Volume 27, Issue 4, December 2013, Pages 472–486

2 Lynd, Juliet: Precarious Resistance: Weaving Opposition in the Poetry of Cecilia Vicuña PMLA Vol. 120, No. 5 (Oct., 2005), pp. 1588-1607 / Published By: Cambridge University Press

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