Paulina Olowska: Ceramics
Hong Kong, 18 September - 9 October 2014
Simon Lee Gallery Hong Kong is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition with leading Polish artist Paulina Olowska. Olowska’s paintings, collages, and ceramics engage with traditional Polish crafts, feminism, the historical avant-garde whilst incorporating a modernist vocabulary. Questioning the distinctions between high and low art, Ceramics presents new works that are an appropriation and celebration of the cultural and historical vernacular traditions of her native Poland and a wider European context. Olowska’s new series of ceramics extend and develop her exploration of female archetypes. Two of these sculpturesare taken from standing polychrome wood sculptures of Saint Catherine and the Virgin with Child, housed in the Museum im. Wladyslawa Orkana in Rabka, the town south of Krakow in Poland where Olowska has her home and studio. The authors and dates of creation of the original sculptures are unknown, but they stand within the tradition of Northern European wooden sculpture. While...