"Motherlode" – Monika Rubaniuk
Galeria BB, ul. Garbarska 24, Kraków


"Motherlode" – Monika Rubaniuk
Galeria BB, ul. Garbarska 24, Kraków

Motherlode – inaccessible, impenetrable, never lets you fully discover what it’s hiding...

The works of Monika Rubaniuk, created as part of the "Motherlode" project, bring to my mind images from the film by the outstanding Spanish director Guillermo del Toro "Pan’s Labyrinth".

"Wonderfully disturbing and deeply emotional, it made me think of the best fairytales, where each chapter is a gem and the whole thing changes the way the viewer perceives the world around them," wrote Roshani Chokshi, an American writer whose books transport audiences to fantastic worlds inspired by mythology and folklore.

The glass shrubs, perennials, overgrowths and bushes by Monika Rubaniuk take us to such a world – the Labyrinth. They attract our attention and at the same time arouse anxiety – do we accidentally cut ourselves on the sharp edges, do we damage the fragile structure? Made of pieces of glass and mirrors they shine, sparkle, spark, reflect and refract light. They are simultaneously real and unreal. 

It takes a lot of imagination, talent and, above all, great diligence to build such an unobvious world out of pieces of glass.

A futuristic motherlode – autonomous, free from human interference.

Translated by Robin Gil



Received her honours diploma from the Ceramics and Glass Faculty of the State School of Fine Arts (currently, the E. Geppert Academy of Art and Design) in Wrocław, 1996.

Studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław (currently, the E. Geppert Academy of Art and Design) at the Painting Department, 1996–2001.

She has participated in 10 solo and more than 50 group exhibitions in Poland, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Lithuania, and the Netherlands, including: Garden Jewellery, Roskilde Kunstforening, Roskilde, Denmark; Flora, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Denmark, 2010; the European Glass Context 2012, Bornholm, Denmark; Symbiosis, the International Glass Exhibition, Koskenkorva, Finland, 2016; the European Triennial for Ceramics and Glass, Mons, Belgium, 2016.

Her works can be found in public collections, including: the Karkonosze Museum in Jelenia Góra, Poland, and the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark.