For me, art is a source of joy. Whether through experiencing it, or creating it. Art enriches our lives, renews the spirit, and in a larger sense, the spirit of ‘humanity’ as well. It brings us into contact with the thoughts of others, transporting us into different ‘worlds,’ awakening us to experience, to emotion. And that is what is important to me. I feel fortunate to have discovered a passion for sculpture. My interest in the medium has been with me since childhood, and in some sense, the art I create today has its roots there. I create ‘playful worlds’ which, I hope, will carry my viewers into a bizarre…
Istota – Toyama Glass Art Museum, Japan
Marta Klonowska's works will be on display in Toyama Glass Art Museum between April 27 and September 23, 2019. The Istota exhibition presents a selection of sculptures from 2003 up to the present.
“Lynx”, a sculpture from 2009, has its origins in a sketchbook by Albrecht Dürer. Dürer, travelling to the Netherlands between 1520 and 1521, had the opportunity to observe and sketch wild and exotic animals in the royal zoological garden of Emperor Charles V in Brussels. This lynx motif comes from a sketch sheet also presenting other animal studies: a lion, a chamois and a monkey. The hunters and the hunted, side by side, as in the Garden of Eden. The lynx in the original image is still, peaceful, the form is compact. I wanted to present it in the same manner – statuesque, calm, monumental. Resembling a rock, but at…
by Elke Linda Buchholz
Marta Klonowska coaxes the dogs of the old masters out into the light. They are life-sized and three dimensional. Some sit, immobile and alert, some lie on the floor in boredom, some spring up to vivaciously on their hind legs, each as though frozen in movement, these dogs made of colored glass. They glitter seductively like precious stones: ruby red, cobalt blue, emerald green. Yet their edges are razor sharp. It is not necessary to actually touch Marta Klonowska’s sculptures in order to sense their ambivalence, joining danger and beauty – not to mention irony and humor. The artist, born in Warsaw in 1964, is active – and without fear…