Raumzeichnung by Monika Grzymala | Yellowtrace.

Raumzeichnung by Monika Grzymala | Yellowtrace.

Raumzeichnung by Monika Grzymala | Yellowtrace.

Raumzeichnung by Monika Grzymala | Yellowtrace.

Raumzeichnung by Monika Grzymala | Yellowtrace.

Raumzeichnung, roughly “Drawing of a Room,” Sumarrian Lunn gallery 2011.

 

Polish artist Monika Grzymala describes her work as three dimensional drawings. She studied sculpture, shifted to drawing and found her place somewhere in between. Rolls of tape are her “pen” of choice and she allows them to dive and ripple in all directions.

 

Two Corners by Monika Grzymala | Yellowtrace.

Two Corners by Monika Grzymala | Yellowtrace.

Two Corners by Monika Grzymala | Yellowtrace.

Two Corners by Monika Grzymala | Yellowtrace.

Two Corners by Monika Grzymala | Yellowtrace.

Two Corners, black tape, Montreal 2013.

 

Her earlier work began as quite polite insertions within the space, but over time her installations have become increasingly forceful and dynamic. Her most recent works infect the space with an unrelenting electric energy, well and truly transforming that humble roll of tape into its own life force. With names such as “Duplex,” “Two Corners” and “Pas De Deux,” there is a recurring reference to duality and the magnetism of opposing forces.

 

Polyhedron by Monika Grzymala | Yellowtrace.

Polyhedron by Monika Grzymala | Yellowtrace.

Polyhedron as part of A Serpentine Gesture and Other Prophecies, 2011.

 

Monika Grzymala, Berlin Studio | Yellowtrace.
Photo at Studio Berlin, 2010.

 

Freeing The Line by Monika Grzymala | Yellowtrace.

Freeing The Line by Monika Grzymala | Yellowtrace.

Part of group exhibition, Freeing the line, black and white tape, New York 2010.

 

Duplex

Duplex

Duplex at MIMA, graphite tape, London 2009.

 

Pas De Deux

Pas De Deux, graphite tape and lead pencil, 2009.

 

The work hints at the artist’s body swooping past and you can almost imagine her engaged in a full body act of “drawing.” At the risk of sounding like a creepy voyeur, I’d love to watch the process of her making these works. Or at least watch a time lapse on film. Would that be less creepy? Watching this work take shape would surely hold a magic in itself.

Ella.


[Images via Monika Gryzmala, We Find Wilderness, Arsenal Montreal, Colossal, Co.Design, Cargo Curatorial.]

 

About The Author

Ella Leoncio
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Ella is a design obsessed architect from Melbourne and author of the blog 'pages from my moleskine'. She specializes in residential architecture and currently works in a senior design role with an equal focus on architecture and interiors. Things that really float Ella’s boat include; designs that frame an experience, innovative material explorations, textures and light, clarity and simplicity. She is addicted to learning through making and doing. Her free time is spent sewing, knitting, knotting, folding, moulding, shaping, dyeing... Contemporary dance is another great life passion of hers. In fact, Ella is convinced that dance and architecture are two dialects of the same language.

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