Almost six years after the last exhibition at the SIC! BWA Wrocław Gallery, Monika Patuszyńska returns with a project in which she tells stories about relationships, memory and assembling fragments into complex constructions.
The designer is a provocateur addicted to porcelain, playing freely with conventions and forms. The objects that she creates feature familiar elements that she strips of their functions, arranges into new configurations and gives them a completely new role to play. Her artworks are collages of elements borrowed from everyday life and her own experience gained while working in new places and cultures, transformed by the artist, a creator-nomad.
In the new exhibition at the SIC! BWA Wrocław, the artist has decided to explore the history of her family. She looks into the ways of conveying grief, family narratives, proportions of facts and inventions, misrepresentations and embellishing. The resulting works do not recreate this story in any literal sense; Patuszyńska is not looking for historical truth. She rather leans towards personal history, as well as the issues of inheritance, relationships and memory. At the same time, she refers to the themes she has touched upon in her earlier projects, such as the study of the line between the unique and the mass, the identity of places and the passing of values. She also examines her creative process and fascination with porcelain. We will see works created as a result of experiments, says exhibition curator Joanna Kobyłt. – The ceramic objects are a mix of two or three different materials, which – following all the rules of conduct – would not otherwise be possible to combine. However, burned in the furnace, they adhere to one another surprisingly well and merge into a whole. It is worth noting that Patuszyńska’s artistic strategy resembles a process of inheritance, in which seemingly incompatible features or elements can create successful organic compounds and relationships.
Genealogia exhibition is the most intimate and personal accent in our programme, which, however, fits in with this year’s theme related to the relationship between human beings and their surroundings – emphasizes Dominika Drozdowska, a curator at the SIC! BWA Wrocław. – This autumn we will present a daring project accompanying the European Glass Festival: the duo De La Torres Brothers. Their objects will fill the space, combining traditional Mexican aesthetics with strong symbols of commercial kitsch. The exhibition planned for the end of the year will limit its exposition space to the gallery’s display windows. It will be an announcement of next year’s programme, as well as a dialogue with the urban plan of the Kościuszko Residential Complex.
curator: Joanna Kobyłt
visual identification: Łukasz Paluch
Monika Patuszyńska is a designer, creator of an original method of casting plaster forms, researcher of abandoned topics and unexplored paths. In 1999 she graduated from the Faculty of Ceramics and Glass at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. She was the last designer at the Zakłady Porcelitu Stołowego Pruszków (Pruszków Table China Factory) and the last president of the International Ceramics Symposium “Porcelain Another Way”. Since 2009 she has been a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (AIC/IAC) based in Geneva. Between 2014 and 2016 she held the position of the Artistic Director at the Institute of Design in Kielce. Her works can be found in museum collections across the world, including the Museum of Modern Ceramic Art in Gifu, Japan, Jingdezhen Ceramics Museum in China, Mungyeong Ceramics Museum in Korea, Keramikmuseum Danmark in Denmark and Musée de la Céramique in Vallauris, France.