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Empty Bowls

Since 2014, organization and coordination of action to fight hunger
Festival of High Temperatures

Empty Bowls is an international action that raises awareness and acts in the fight against hunger. Its aim is the involvement of all willing to make ceramic, signed bowls. As part of a public event, guests, having a meal there, have the option of paying a donation to organizations fighting hunger. In return, they can keep the bowl for themselves, to use it every time to remember those who have nothing to fill it with.

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RWB

2013, object, porcelain,
60 x 30 x 30 cm
Kaolin. Art and Design in Contemporary Ceramics – Jingdezhen (China)


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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.

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Land-scape

2013, objects, porcelain, plastic, [4x] 63 x 32 x 32 cm
Kaolin. Art and Design in Contemporary Ceramics – Jingdezhen (China)
Piece is in collection Krehky Gallery in Prague (Czech Republic)


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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.  

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Tester

2012, action, object, glass bottle with liquid
Art Review 'Survival 10' 'It all depends on you' – Oławka Stadium, Wrocław (Poland)

Arranging a perfumery stand in the sports bath makes guests embarrassed. The hostess encourages people to test and apply secretions, which are a sweat mix of football team members. Sweat, considered an aphrodisiac and a kind of fetish, is a symbol of struggle, effort and bravery for players. Wrapped in glass matter, it becomes an object of desire for some and disgust for others.

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I'd like to be weak, as fragile as porcelain

2012, video-performance, 3'21'', loop


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Throwing porcelain dishes against the wall (activity stereotypically associated with female moods) that don’t break is a negation of the laws of physics. Strong, irritating sound of hit and the collapse of the intact object intensifies the sense of powerlessness and anger. Life experiences arm us with powerful internal strength necessary for survival. Paradoxically, with the passage with time it is the strenght that becomes the weight and creates the armor that makes the woman invisible. A reflection on the desire to be weak, the need to confront strategies that have been chosen in the past and that don’t work today.

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Ślady

2012, video-performance, 4'49''


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Close

2012, installation, table, fabric

For a child of adult maturity, reliable intuition and imaginary supernatural powers, the view of the family table and the arrangement of objects on it becomes an invaluable source of knowledge. Traces left on a white tablecloth provide information that is a record of events taking place in its absence. It is knowledge that hurts and at the same time gives relief, although it changes nothing. It is a form of addiction.
Petticoats, a kind of personal underwear, having close contact with the body, invisible to others, were sewn from old tablecloths. Placed again on the table, they perform the function of covering and reflect the desire to be nearby, control and take responsibility. Petticoats are sewn to the height of a child, so they are too small to be worn by a mature woman.

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My home is where I am

2011, video-performance, 4'29''


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Walking on cracked ground, tying selected pieces of soil to the soles of feet with a string, and traversing a certain section of the road. The process of disintegration of clay and repeated attempts at walking is accompanied by a sound borrowed from home space.

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In situ

2011, site-specific, soil, wire
Symposium 'Fenomen Gemer' – Ozdany (Slovakia)

Fragments of a cracked soil crust, slightly lifted above it's surface, appear as levitating. Those fragments symbolize process of reclaiming clay excavation, which should happen in a name of balance.

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Cores

2008, objects, porcelain painted with gold, 10 x 18 x 18 cm,
7 x 14 x 14 cm
Work in collections: Regional Museum in Stalowa Wola (Poland)

The tooth marks left on the brim of the vessel by authors make this industrial forms unique.

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