From prosperity to the anus, through the anus to non-existence

2014, porcelain, [22x] Ø 18-34 cm

Classic tableware often possesses decoration in the form of sentimental floral motifs, geometric ornamentation or rustic genre scenes. Here, however, the inspiration for the vessels holding our future meals came from images of the anus produced in transanal ultrasound tests. This is a commentary on the phenomenon of compulsive consumption (both in the sense of acquiring material goods and consuming and digesting food), which exceeds actual need. The pleasure is only momentary - beautiful meals are quickly transformed into material of nondescript form and equally nondescript consistency. Here, before the eyes of those.


Object with a hole

2014, object, porcelain, 11 x 36 x 36 cm


II. V.

2014, objects, porcelain, [2x] 10 x 14 x 14 cm



2014, objects, porcelain, [60x] Ø 26 cm

Jingdezhen in China is the place where kaolin clay is excavated with traditional methods to be later used in the production of porcelain. I focused on the hardly visible wayside weeds, which are camouflaged and covered in kaolin dust. Weeds are considered undesirable, as they disturb the aesthetics of elegant places. They pose a threat to crops and must be controlled. Weeds are usually self-seeding plants and are often hard to identify. In the language of Chinese propaganda, the word ‘weed’ denotes also a dissident. The set consist of 50 plates. They are decorated underglaze with cobalt – an ancient decorating technique (Chin. qinghua – literally translated as ‘blue flowers’), which is considered a milestone in the development of Chinese ceramics. I used also stencil technique popular with the opposition movement. When exhibited the plates are usually arranged in rows and bring to mind old herbariums, gravestone photographs on porcelain or commemorative plates, which used to be ordered by various institutions to honour the accomplished activists or to mark special occasions and anniversaries.


2014, object, porcelain, 65 x 28 x 28 cm



2013, object, porcelain, 60 x 30 x 30 cm


In Jingdezhen's landscape porcelain and plastic coexist almost 'fused' with each other, making the surrounding space look a bit grotesque. The technical fabric called RWB330, to which the designer refers, with its recognizable set of colors and patterns can be found in the farthest corners of the world. Its inseparability with porcelain creates a quaintly odd image of the city and engages in dialogue with the local traditions of pottery, serving mostly as protection for the raw products against external factors.
Mass production is one of the characteristics of the Chinese civilization. Manual work is more often identified with the reduction of costs and exploitation of workers, thus the label 'Made inChina' has strongly negative connotations attached to it in the West. The cheap, machine-based, mass production of the synthetic fabric has been contrasted with the craft process of creating porcelain forms on a potter's wheel and arduous decoration; painting each square several times in order to give the surface a type of structure that would imitate the fabric itself. A huge amount of work, technological experiments and practice were required to finally achieve the level of precision which (especially in Chinese culture) determines the value of the work.

Although from a technical viewpoint the project is far from ideal, any 'shortcomings' are an integral and inevitable part of it, as they make people stop and begin to doubt their illusory effect, causing them to gradually explore the deeper layers of meaning behind the work. Perfection, being the domain of machines, generates cold and anonymous objects and creates a distance that the designer seeks to overcome in her work.



2013, objects, porcelain, plastic, [4x] 63 x 32 x 32 cm


The largest concentration of ceramic studios in Jingdezhen is located in an area, where railroad tracks cross, brutally revealing the underlying layers of earth and exposing the dark side of human existence. Both bits of plastic, bags, banners and shards of porcelain dishes litter the ground. In some places, greenery is still fighting to take back the space. This colorful collage is simultaneously frightening and fascinating, however residents seem unruffled, it seems as though they too have grown into this landscape, to which they had grown accustomed to already long ago.
Landscapes are important themes, deeply engrained in Chinese art and culture. Patterns are copied from generation to generation, and attempts at creative reinventions are still rare. In this project, the artist attempted to reproduce the Chinese landscape as faithfully as possible, although she did so using entirely means. Pieces of plastic from around Jingdezhen served as a medium to create decorations on traditional porcelain forms. Brushes were replaced by a heat gun. Under the influence of high temperature, the plastic began to deform, to tear and to melt onto the surface of the vessel, and then – suddenly deprived of the heat – froze in its 'shapelessness'. Sometimes the process revealed secrets of the layers underneath, sometimes it created new spatial structures. She treated the process of creation as painting – applying the different layers of plastic coatings to obtain a gradual saturation of colors: from light blue to navy blue.
The project consists of 4 vessels. According to Chinese beliefs, the number 4 is attributed to death, therefore it is usually avoided. It also has a symbolic meaning in Marusińska’s work as it relates to a question about 'the end', as well as the consequences of the exploitation of nature by man.  


Upside Downer

2013, artifacts

Ingredients: an old plate or a bowl.
Preparation method: After having dinner, clean your plate with a piece of bread. Turn the plate upside down and put a dessert on the top of it.
Benefits: You do not waste food, save water and minimize the amount of held items. In France and Italy, it is generally accepted to wipe your plate clean of leftovers with bread after meal. Why? Because every other meal is served in the same – unwashed – dish; such practices have also taken place in the Polish village. In France, additionally, plates have been turned upside down to serve a dessert on the top of it, which was dictated by purely practical considerations – shortage of tableware. Nowadays, the savoir-vivre does not seem to allow for this kind of behavior. Yet, these seemingly trivial activities become important, when we think of them on a wider scale. An ordinary, daily practice can lead to a global social, economical and environmental change.



2010, objects, porcelain (industrial forms), plastic, various dimensions

Two extreme tendencies are observed nowadays – the market overflowing with disposable materials on the one hand, and return to durable materials on the other. Both are governed by their own laws, but do they have to be mutually exclusive?



2010, objects, painted stoneware (industrial forms)

The pottery items are a result of the influence of weather conditions and to some extent mechanical factors on the decoration of rejected wares in the Bolesławiec Ceramics Factory. The artistic merit of rich ornamentation and precision of workmanship is spontaneously processed by the weather. The collection includes all the four seasons.