Marta Klonowska

"For me, art is a source of joy.
Whether through experiencing it, or creating it.

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 yet fascinating universe.

The often concealed figures of animals, which play supporting roles in the images I choose, allow me to create my own world of art. That they are animals is in a sense a charade: each conceals a particular charm, a secret, an intriguing dynamic, or a static aesthetic. For humans, animals are less obviously intelligible than figures representing human counterparts. Although they may seem merely ‘playful,’ these animal are for me abstract metaphors that generate emotion, atmosphere, but are less ‘transparent’ than human forms.

The motifs I use and investigate (from paintings, predominantly from the 15th –18th centuries) are for me like ‘theatrical stages,’ often slightly artificial, posed, they harmonize marvelously with their ‘actors.’ This allows me to extract my protagonists and to present them in my own ‘dramatic performances.’ In the process, the motifs are defamiliarized, abstracted, and interpreted. These pictorial motifs appear to me as ‘tableaux vivant,’ and the figures I create using them as a basis are so to speak ‘frozen.’ Detached, isolated, left alone.
They are ‘bearers’ of the moods of these images, but are intended to generate completely new, unique atmospheres. An ‘ideal’ object. An ‘ideal’ world. Utopia.

Absurd figures, absurd art.

I enjoy being a witness to their creation."

Exhibitions