Monika Sosnowska

Monika Sosnowska is a polish artist who uses space as a canvas, the space is used to display a sort of 3 dimensional painting. Sosnowska treats space as the medium element for her work and designs projects to fit into the space she has designated and created. Sosnowska transforms physical space into something more vast, she attempts to transform physical space, into a mental space which therefore conjoins the way we view the work to the way the space makes us feel, which plays on the element of human existence, and our personal position in the space and the impact it has.

The piece  “Structural Exercises”  presents seven sculptural works all of which are inspired by her home countries socialist past. All sculptures of work are constructed from materials that are linked to constructionist low paid jobs a clear depiction of the socialist power of the working class.  The materials used are materials like concrete and reinforcing rods. These are common materials used in construction jobs and have been used to reflect the dominant political and social systems that are apparent in society. In addition to this, the piece can be described as a busy scene, a sensory overload. All pieces of work juxtapose eachother some are linear and slick whilst others are chaotic and abstract, possibly displaying a clear contrast between the discipline of bourgeois culture and the chaotic nature of the working class work load.

I like how each sculpture claims a space yet it does not correlate with the work adjacent to it. No sculpture mirrors another and is more of a depiction of claiming space than a curation of aesthetic pairing. When choosing the work i will be displaying as a final piece display  I would like to take into consideration some of the methods that this artist uses. Sosnowaska takes into consideration the movement of people, each sculpture confronts you, it traps you in a space forcing you to confront the issues at hand. Therefore I would like to display work that  will trap an audience, make them feel enclosed but not overpowered. I want the space to compliment the work, and depict a thought process that is validated by the work, not just be a wide space that has walls, installation_view_monika_sosnowska._structural_exercises_hauser__wirth_london,_20179__large





Three installations for three elements

After the balloon installation not going to plan, i began to wonder if i could depict the three different elements, with three different installations. I began too look back over my collages and noticed that they related to human experience and human relations more than any of the other sculptures i had made.

I felt that the chains displayed a strong juxtaposition of material

The balloons displayed a strong juxtaposition of material to environment

The collages displayed a strong connection to human relation and connection with environment

Therefore i began to wonder if i would be able to use the collages to create a separation between both sculpture installations. I decided to look into the artist Monika Sosnowska, an artist who uses space as a canvas. To see how she creates a divide within her work.

Balloon display rethink

When looking at the display of balloons and the chains together i began to wonder if my environment had become “too busy.” A main element of my work was to be human relation and the way in which we respond to environments, however, i began to feel that this element was overshadowed by the chaos in this small environment. The balloons are interesting however paired with the chains, i think the large dominant characteristics of them clash and create an environment that feels overwhelming and forceful which i feel instead of aiding a human relation element it dissolves it.

By the environment being too loud, and too much going on i personally found it difficult to feel any type of way in the space, in fact i found the environment so chaotic that i didn’t really notice the size, shape or narrowed nature of the space. This is a problematic aspect, as the space of the work correlates to the way in which the viewer feels which in turn aids the understanding of my work.

I will need to rethink displaying the balloons, as despite spending time on them I’m not entirely sure it fits in with my ideal finalised image.



Balloon installation

After looking at mould and damp i felt that i had gained enough inspiration to start looking at installing the balloons. Initially i had attempted to do this with velcro, however this did not work. I then decided that i would try drawing pins, as i wanted the balloons to look like they were stuck on the wall not installed onto one. So i decided a drawing pin was a good material as they were small enough that the balloons would in a way swallow them so they would look free standing.

However, this was also an issue, the wall was too thick for these pins therefore they would not hold the balloon into the wall. I then thought about using a staple gun, however i felt like this would be a restriction for the balloons and they wouldn’t inflate as much as i would hope they would. I also worried that the air would become trapped, which wouldn’t allow natural air loss. And after looking at Robert Morris i aspired to display the material in a natural and raw state.

I finally decided on using thin nails. The nails were delicate and dainty so were well hidden by the balloon, I decided that i would group them in twos or threes as when researching mould, i learnt that mould grows fast as it multiples in vast quanties often grouping together. I also did this to emphasise the duplication aspect that runs throughout my work.


Risk assessment approved

After submitting the risk assessment and having it approved, i decided to install the chains to the beam.

To do this i measured out an equal distance between each chain, drill a drill bit hole then proceeded to screw in the hook. This was a simple task, however efficiency was vital as these chains would hold the wax balls therefore they couldn’t be too close or i would run the risk of them clashing together and destroying the whole symmetry of the piece IMG_2619

Inspiration for Balloon installation

For installation i wanted to look into the idea of an object taking up a vast amount of space. I wanted to display the ballon replicas in a way that embraced their growth/ bacteria like characteritic. Therefore i began to look into things and organisms that took over a fast amount of space. I wanted to portray the balloons as objects that were overpowered the space, and spread like a bacteria over the wall, therefore i began to look into the structures of damp and mould.


i used these images for my inspiration