Margo Csipo

Margo Csipo is an emerging artist, former 1 month resident, and community member of the Baltimore Jewelry Center. Csipo has a BFA in Industrial Design from the Massachusetts College of Art.
As an illustrator Margo is fascinated with cultural symbols and visual metaphors, exploring the variations on how an individual connects with an image. She states “My muses can be enigmatic or overt: a stone wall in the midst of construction or demolition, a pair of hands using scissors to cut a string, a dandelion in stages of growth and death. The tales these images construct are ones of ambiguity and unknowns. Society often neglects stories for those outside of the norm, so I craft narratives that seek answers to questions that the culture me with. I hunt through iconography to define my queerness, my identity as a child of an immigrant and my experience of not always having the tools to communicate my feelings.”

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Mid Winter

Date of Creation: July 10, 2022

List of Materials: Sheepskin, steel, mother of pearl, sterling silver, pigmented ink, lacquer, nylon thread

Dimensions: 28"x27"x8"

Photographer's Name: Magdalena Csipo

Model's Name: Margo Csipo

Conceptual Statement: “The Warm Ones” are a group of hooded masks inspired by the vibrant masquerade traditions of Eastern Europe that celebrate humanity’s complex relationship with winter and my own journey to understanding my queerness. The word “warm” (meleg) in Hungarian has a second meaning as gay or queer. The guise of a mask can lend ferocity that the wearer can use to “frighten” the unrelenting cycles of nature that humanity is at the mercy of: winter, death, famine, ect. Masks welcome the subversion of gender and age; they allow humans to emulate the power of beasts or the robustness of nature. Because my work is frequently about telling the story of the “other” or the “unknown” I find a deep interest in these traditions. The entities represented by these masks are fearsome and stalwart in the face of winter and can be donned for self reflection or taking action. They are both queer and warm.

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Early Spring

Date of Creation: 10/07/2022

List of Materials: Sheepskin, felted wool, mother of pearl, sterling silver, pigmented ink, lacquer, thread

Dimensions: 26.5"x24.5"x8"

Photographer's Name: Magdalena Csipo

Model's Name: Margo Csipo

Conceptual Statement: “The Warm Ones” are a group of hooded masks inspired by the vibrant masquerade traditions of Eastern Europe that celebrate humanity’s complex relationship with winter and my own journey to understanding my queerness. The word “warm” (meleg) in Hungarian has a second meaning as gay or queer. The guise of a mask can lend ferocity that the wearer can use to “frighten” the unrelenting cycles of nature that humanity is at the mercy of: winter, death, famine, ect. Masks welcome the subversion of gender and age; they allow humans to emulate the power of beasts or the robustness of nature. Because my work is frequently about telling the story of the “other” or the “unknown” I find a deep interest in these traditions. The entities represented by these masks are fearsome and stalwart in the face of winter and can be donned for self reflection or taking action. They are both queer and warm.

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