di Marika Vicari

For Polish artist Monika Grycko, the human figure is a place upon which it is possible to assign new forms and symbols that become a personal tool of critical reflection. There is a short distance between the body and human nature and so her sculptures and installations become a radical tool of expression turned towards the environment.

She uses ceramic and other media to create and involve herself in a discussion of human ritual transformations. Ability, order, disorder, dialogue, space, movement end ethno-anthropologic issues are the constituent elements of her artistic research.

The artist’s new sculptures, named Biancaneve, which are placed in a spatial installation and fluctuate between Gothic elegance and pop art. The works represent the idea of human evolution and reflect not only Grycko’s personal artistic research, but probably also ideas introduced by Arnold van Gennep in 1909, after he observed of how, during ritual events, man changes his social status. According to van Gennep, rites of passage have three phases: separation, liminality, and incorporation.

In her artwork, the key point of research and analysis is the passage as a threshold and, on the other hand, the transgression of selected materials which she uses for her works, the body, oras in this casesmall and medium-sized sculptures made of animal bones and ceramic. She offers us a possibility to experience an original fragmentary sense of human reality, the truth of permanent and a bond with human existence.


personale di Monika Grycko “Biancaneve, Musikcafe, Art Stays 2011, Ptuj, a cura di Bianca Maria Rizzi e Matthias Ritter