Opening Reception: Saturday, August 4 from 6pm to 10pm
Artist’s Talk: Wednesday, August 8 at 7:30pm
Polish artist Malgorzata Jablonska uses fabric, bark and other natural materials to create sculptures, paintings and installations. Her work has been shown in Poland, Germany, Russia, Portugal, England, Austria and Italy. Foundry Gallery is pleased to present her first solo exhibit in the U.S.
This exhibit focuses on paintings and especially her new sculptural work. “Jablonska’s figures and masks are at once funereal, suffering and peaceful,” says Foundry member Jay Peterzell. “We feel vividly the presence of the absent person inside.”
Malgorzata lives and has her studio in Warsaw, Poland.
Imprints of Reality
We see life through a mental as well as a physical lens. Sometimes a short encounter with a stranger can change our life forever. Our consciousness often does not see these changes, but our subconscious stores them all. If you only find the key to this storage, you will find out who influenced your life and how.
In my artwork I want to capture that moment of change…
That’s why the materials I use for my artwork are volatile, delicate, barely visible, openwork. This uneven structure reflects the idea of both elusiveness and self-image. A human being who is at the center of change and can not see it, physically or mentally.
Our primitive ancestors used masks to cover their faces or themselves (ritual masks). Then, as we evolved, masks were used to hide our ego, our personality, and often our identity (Venetian masks).
My masks capture moments when we are at complete peace with ourselves, even when distracted by outside forces. Removing the mask requires a perfect balance of mind and body. Even though every day we feel stress, the process of removing our mask enforces immobility, peace, body balance. In this situation a human being remains alone with their thoughts or non-thoughts, their own ego, their inspirations.
For this work, I invited a few people who are near to my heart. Myself, my two daughters, and a very few close friends who were willing to participate, who were not afraid to reach deep into their inner being, and were able to create, at least for a moment, an internal balance.
Flowers and people are similar in my eyes. They share the same light and space. Both are beautiful, fractal, similar to others and yet each is unique. They are both subject to similar laws. A smart, flexible human will not break in a mental storm. A flower blows at the direction of the wind, then rises towards the sun. Both are elusive in their nature, both guided by an invisible energy.
The transparency of my images means they are not definitive. They will create different realities suspended on different backgrounds, like the moment of change in a person’s life.
They are – but they are not final. They can always be changed.
- Wednesday-Sunday: 1pm to 7pm
Foundry Gallery is located at 2118 8th St. NW. Contact the gallery at 202-232-0203 or visit the website at www.foundrygallery.org.