During her foreign residencies and artistic projects, Marzena Krzemińska-Baluch takes a close look at the places and reality surrounding her. She tries to remember not only precise shapes, but also afterimages forming under the eyelids, imprinted by the ambience of the scenery and accompanying moods. She is inspired by Juhani Pallasmaa’s words, who wrote: Perception, memory and imagination are in constant interaction; the domain of presence fuses into images of memory and fantasy. We keep constructing an immense city of evocation and remembrance, and all the cities we have visited are precincts in this metropolis of the mind…
Those precincts of remembrance become the artist’s way of creating art. She uses glass like skin – a sensation which constituted the beginning of all our experience. She tries to find the process of generating form. The glass medium is a source of my inspiration and challenge, says Marzena Krzemińska-Baluch. I experiment and observe the way it behaves while being shaped. In this way works are created which are much more soaked in air and gravity than in oven fire. The works, minimalistic in colour, are formed into shapes full of unobvious protuberances, creases and fractures resembling delicate water surfaces, subtle horizons of mountain landscapes or even the kind of air movement we feel on our body. Experiencing Marzena’s works, says curator Beata Bartecka, is more of a tactile than visual experience following the obvious path of focusing on the hardness and transparency of glass. Her works almost invite you to touch them, to close your eyes and feel them through your skin, which will connect her emotions and memories with ours.
The exhibition Escape to Moments of Solitude is also part of a doctoral project prepared by Marzena Krzemińska-Baluch at Wrocław’s Academy of Fine Art. It is accompanied by a monograph which will premiere during the closing of the exhibition.
About the artist:
Marzena Krzemińska-Baluch graduated from the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Art in Wrocław. She received many grants and awards, including the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage Award, artistic grant of the Lower Silesian Marshal and the Warm Glass Prize. In 2011 she was Artist-in-Residence at Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, USA. In 2012 she became Teaching Assistant, and in 2013 received the artistic grant at Pilchuck Glass School. In 2016 she received the Silver Award in Bullseye Glass Company’s Emerge competition (USA).
Escape to Moments of Solitude
exhibition by Marzena Krzemińska-Baluch
29 June – 25 August 2018
opening: 29 June 2018, 7 pm
SIC! Gallery BWA Wrocław
Kościuszki Sq. 9/10
curator: Beata Bartecka
producer: Karol Buganik
co-operation/galery programme: Dominika Drozdowska
visual identification: Łukasz Paluch
photography: Peter Kreibich
support: Jurand Szela