Dagmar Cyrulla’s interpretations of domestic life are narrative-based, inviting the audience to connect their personal experiences and emotions with her scenarios. These paintings work on the viewer, linking imaginary yet familiar characters with our own realities, producing subtle emotional effects from a range of lives and situations that could relate to our own. In her latest series, Cyrulla redefines the female muse, capturing moments in a woman's life which have very little to do with modelling but rather multi-tasking and the mundanities of everyday life. This approach to the muse seeks to engage the viewer; meaning she is no longer an object to be gazed at, but a subject which compels and fascinates us.
I love people; I am interested in how we relate to one another, and I guess I love painting women. Strong women, but feminine and confident. My paintings are from a woman’s viewpoint, which is invariably very different to a man’s. A lot of my friends have children, run a household, paint or work in a job, and are also wives or partners – they are all things to all people and this is what you see in my paintings. I capture them off guard, in their private but innocuous moments, where they are their essential, unconscious selves - Dagmar Cyrulla, 2016.