Marta Klonowska

Marta Klonowska was born in Warsaw in 1964. She currently lives and works in Düsseldorf. Already during her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wroclaw, Poland, and later at that of Düsseldorf, glass had become her preferred artistic medium. Today she is known for her numerous canine sculptures that depict the four-legged companions of important historical figures, capturing their natural poses in colored glass. For the subjects of her works, the artist finds inspiration in the paintings of the great masters, in which pets – mostly dogs – are side by side with the subjects, acting almost like prestigious objects that are exhibited as synonyms for wealth and power. To construct these works, she starts with a metal skeleton that is then carefully covered with sharp shards of glass, as in The Morning Walk (2006). She has received such important awards as the 1999 "Artist in Residence" at the Cité International des Arts in Paris and the 2002 "Artist in Residence" at the Akerby Skulpturpark in Sweden. She was also a finalist in the 2006 Bombay Sapphire Prize in London. Among her most recent exhibitions are: And Domestic Animals at the Finnish Glass Museum in Riihimäki (2009) and t.b.a. (2011), and Geschöpfe (2011) at the Lorch + Seidel Galerie in Berlin. Since 2011, one of her works has been on display at the Corning Museum of Glass.

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