Venus and Adonis after Peter Paul Rubens
installation | sculpture and print | 2008
sculpture dog | glass on metal framework | 68 x 120 x 30 cm | H x L x W
glass on metal framework | 80 x 37 x 124 cm | 31.5 x 14.6 x 48.8 in. | 2011
Large Kitchen Still Life after Michel de Bouillon
installation | sculpture and print | 2009
sculpture | glass on metal framework
94 x 58 x 44 cm | 37.0 x 22.8 x 17.3 in.
All of her compositions start with metal framework and she builds up the forms with thousands of tiny shards of colored glass. To me it kind of looks like they're exploding - the sharp edges add dynamic movement to the otherwise mostly static poses of the animals.
Klonowska on her own 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.”