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- Author Monika Drożyńska
- Date of production 2011
- Dimensions length: 534 cm, width: 42.5 cm
- Author's designation none
- ID no. BS/969
- Availability in stock
- Acquired date 2011
- Object copyright Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art
- Digital images copyright © all rights reserved, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art
- Digitalisation RDW MIC, Virtual Małopolska project
For Monika Drożyńska, embroidery – a technique of centuries-old tradition, which is nowadays regarded as a less typical medium of art – is a form of meditation. The artist’s activity in this field is part of the language of women’s art, which is close to crafts such as sewing, embroidering, and crocheting. Her work, Between words, using the embroidery technique, was implemented by the artist as part of her individual exhibition, After the word, which took place at the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery in 2011.more
For Monika Drożyńska, embroidery – a technique of centuries-old tradition, which is nowadays regarded as a less typical medium of art – is a form of meditation. The artist’s activity in this field is part of the language of women’s art, which is close to crafts such as sewing, embroidering, and crocheting. Her work, Between words, using the embroidery technique, was implemented by the artist as part of her individual exhibition, After the word, which took place at the Bunkier Sztuki Gallery in 2011. The exhibition took the form of a show undergoing a process, which gradually became complete. From the moment of its opening, viewers could familiarize themselves with the two previous cycles created by Drożyńska, namely: Winter activities (2007-2014), in which inscriptions and slogans inscribed on the city walls, were rewritten on fabrics using embroidery with the documentation of the action, Urban embroidery (2010–2011), in which the reproduction of one of Winter activities was presented every month on multimedia screens located in Kraków, Warsaw, Wrocław, Opole, and Legnica. These were complemented by a project which was developed during the exhibition, Between words, which was made available in the full form only at the final day exhibition, concluding the assumptions of the exhibition.
The work was created with the participation and close cooperation between the author and the audience. In this way, the artist emphasized the key role that third-party contribution plays in her realizations; in her work, she remains open to external voices, often refers to the activity of other people, provokes it or uses it as a material for her own creation. For three consecutive Saturdays, Drożyńska carried out an action which engaged guests visiting the gallery and talked to them about art and its role in human life. She asked whether art is important or unnecessary in life, is it boring or interesting, understandable or mysterious. Then – based on the recordings of these conversations and the image of their sound record – she made a “register/embroidery of emotions”, using a manual embroidery technique. This reflects the feelings which accompanied the recipients of art and appeared just “between words” during the artist’s meetings with the audience. The recordings of the interviews themselves filled the space of the Gallery with sound, allowing the visitors to find themselves between words and works of art, as important and inseparable, both in the exhibition and in the work of Monika Drożyńska.
Elaborated by Joanna Terpińska, Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art,
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Poland License.
Monika Drożyńska (born 1979) is a visual artist, active in many areas of art: installations, performances, projects, animation of culture. She is interested in the correlations between private and public space. She is a graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków; she was a Scholar of the Ministry of Culture (2010) and Visegrad Artist Residency Program (2012). She was a laureate of the following competitions: Kulturysta (3 Channel of the Polish Radio, 2011), Kulturalne Odloty Gazeta Wyborcza (2008) and British Council International Young Fashion Entrepreneur (2008). She has been nominated for Paszport Polityki (2012, 2013). She is the author of exhibitions and individual projects, such as: Abstract space (Pauza Gallery, Kraków, 2002), Point (Kraków, 2004–2010), The view from the window (Starter Gallery, Poznań, 2008), Various forms of usefulness (CCA Łaźnia, Gdańsk, 2010), Auslander (National Museum, Kraków, 2010), Urban Embroidery (2010–2011), Embroidery (Bęc zmiana, Warsaw, Poland, 2011), After the word (Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kraków, 2011), Embroider yourself (Labirynt Gallery, Lublin, 2013), Mis-fortune practice (Katowice, 2014), The third way (Księgarnia/Wystawa, Kraków, 2014), Tea and cake. Transfer as a work of art (Malta Festival, Poznań, 2015), Embroidery school for men and women, Golden Hands (Kraków, 2015). She has been a participant of collective exhibitions, inter alia: Kunstschnee (MuseumsQuartier, Vienna, 2008), What is ethnodesign? (Ethnographic Museum, Kraków, 2009), When the park becomes an arena (Survival Przegląd Sztuki, Wrocław, 2011), Otulina (Kordegarda, Warsaw, 2011), Time for sports shoes (Kuenstlerhaus Dortmund, 2012), Fabric splendor (Zachęta – National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, 2013), Sztuka w ruchu (Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, 2013), Nowe życie (CCA Kronika, Bytom, 2013), Fanaberie (Bunkier Sztuki Gallery of Contemporary Art, Kraków, 2013), Polishness is a bitter bread (BAE Jelenia Góra, 2014), Pattern, warp, weft (Titanikas Gallery, Vilnius, Lithuania, 2015), Hideout (Labirynt, Gallery Lublin, 2015), Learn, Act, Share (Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, 2016). She is the founder of the Embroidery School for Men and Women Golden Hands, and a member of the Golden Hands Collective. She lives and works in Kraków.