Shards of Glass by Marta Klonowska

Marta Klonowska is know for her edgy glass animals that she creates with jagged pieces of glass shards.


She begins her compositions by building a metal structure that is then carefully covered with glass.


Three- dimensional forms emerge from hundreds of two-dimensional fragments woven into the metal structure.


Klonowska says of her work, “My animal figures are part of historical paintings, where they play a secondary role to the sitters.  In my art the animals perform as the principal actor.  Animals are difficult to understand and it is difficult to communicate with them.  My glass animals open therefore a new reality, which is different from ours.  The sitters in the painting, the animals and the audience of my art perform in a kind of theatrical stage, where the different levels become indistinct.  This clash of realities should make us think about the uncertainties of life.”

glass-3-1Here is a close up of the woven shards of glass.


I love these because they are a totally unique way to look at animals.  Usually we make them look soft and cuddly, here the sharpness of the glass makes them look wild and just a little bit unnerving.

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