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Monika Malewska
updated: 08/21/2009
website: http://monikamalewska.NeoImages.net
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
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Desert Storm
Pillsbury Doughboy #5
Fish Head & Popsicles
Bacon Roses
Bacon & Hamming Birds
Bacon Wreath
Bacon Wreath No 1
Bacon Wreath No. 2
Bacon and Anna Nicole
Bacon Wreath No. 4
Bacon Lingerie
G.I. Joes and Bacon Wreath
Bacon Flag
Sweet Hearts
Mr. Skinny
 
Portfolio Keywords:  consumer culture, kitsch, figurative, gender/sexuality, domestic, humor, feminist, illustration, still life, surreal
 
 
Desert Storm by Monika Malewska
Desert Storm
graphite on paper
2006
47" x  68" 
Pillsbury Doughboy #5 by Monika Malewska
Pillsbury Doughboy #5
graphite on paper
2005
18" x  22" 
Fish Head & Popsicles by Monika Malewska
Fish Head & Popsicles
watercolors
2006
13" x  19" 
Bacon Roses by Monika Malewska
Bacon Roses
watercolors
2007
13" x  17" 
Bacon & Hamming Birds by Monika Malewska
Bacon & Hamming Birds
watercolors
2007
13" x  19" 
Bacon Wreath by Monika Malewska
Bacon Wreath
watercolors on paper
2007
18" x  24" 
Bacon Wreath No 1 by Monika Malewska
Bacon Wreath No 1
Watercolors on paper
2008
24 " x  49 " 
Bacon Wreath No. 2 by Monika Malewska
Bacon Wreath No. 2
Watercolors on paper
2008
24"" x  0 42”" 
Bacon and Anna Nicole by Monika Malewska
Bacon and Anna Nicole
Watercolors on paper
2008
30”" x  40"" 
Bacon Wreath No. 4 by Monika Malewska
Bacon Wreath No. 4
Watercolors on paper
2009
30”" x  50”" 
Bacon Lingerie by Monika Malewska
Bacon Lingerie
Watercolors on paper
2009
30” " x  55”" 
G.I. Joes and Bacon Wreath by Monika Malewska
G.I. Joes and Bacon Wreath
Watercolors on paper
2009
24” " x  38” " 
Bacon Flag		 by Monika Malewska
Bacon Flag
Watercolors on paper
2009
25” " x  33”" 
Sweet Hearts by Monika Malewska
Sweet Hearts
Watercolors on paper
2009
34"" x  30"" 
Mr. Skinny by Monika Malewska
Mr. Skinny
Watercolors on paper
2009
31"" x  40"" 

Artist Statement

My works employ the conventions of the historical still-life genre in relation to contemporary consumer culture in America.  My use of meat, dolls, toys, and corporate icons bridges notions of kitsch and high art by alluding to the theme of Vanitas in seventeenth-century Dutch still-life paintings. 

Using photographs and, more recently, digitally manipulated prints as a starting point for my paintings and works on paper, I manipulate the representation of objects to deconstruct the aesthetics of commercial ads and the politics of a world constituted by material desire.  At first glance, my compositions are seductively colorful and bright.  Closer inspection, however, reveals elements of unease and decay. Behind each of these comical and absurd compositions is a layer of dark humor, a commentary on the complex relationship between the politics of the body, commercialism, and cultures of consumption.

My most recent series of paintings consists of large scale watercolors depicting various wreath-like arrangements made of bacon.  Most of them are symmetrical and somewhat reminiscent of the Rorschach ink blot test.  I enjoy combining the formal elegance of design with the recognizable banality of bacon, along with the surreal and absurd accompaniment of other decorative elements such as flowers, butterflies, and fruits.  The arrangements are playful and whimsical in a rococo fashion but also grotesque.  In my not-so-still still-lifes, I am hoping to draw subtle parallels between the decadence and frivolity evident in certain historical genres and our contemporary culture. 

 

 

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION

2001 MFA  University of Texas at San Antonio
1998
BFA School of Art, University of Manitoba, Canada

SOLO  EXHIBITIONS

2007 Counterpoise, Solo Exhibition, Juniata College Museum of Art, Huntingdon, PA

2006 Back to Nature, Chashama, Inc. 217 E 42nd Street Gallery, New York

2005 Natura Morte, Solo Exhibition, Three Rivers Community College, Norwich, CT

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2009 Art Biologic Exhibit, Juried Exhibition, Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY

2008 Animals in Your Kingdom, Micro Museum, Brooklyn, NY

2008 Out of the Blue, Attleboro Arts Museum, Attleboro, MA

2007 The Submission Show, Sarah Bowen Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

2007 On the Mark, An Exhibition of Contemporary Drawing, Turchin Center for the Visual Arts,

2007 Flesh: An Uneasy Art Show, 3RD Ward, NY

2006 See All Seven, John Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT

2006 Metamorphosis, The William Benton Museum of Fine Arts, Storrs, CT

2006 Print Biennial, Loyola University Chicago & Crown Central Gallery, Chicago, IL

2006 New Art ’06, University Gallery, Kingston Gallery, Boston, MA

2005 (Multi)Faceted (Multi)Dimensional (Multi)Cultural, CAL Laboratory, New Haven, CT

2005 "…and death,", New Space Gallery, Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT

2005 8th Annual Williamsburg Salon 2005, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, NY

2004 Peace, Sideshow Gallery, NY

2004 Drawing Conclusions, The Maryland Federation of Art City Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2004 New England/New Talent, Fitchburg Art Museum, Fitchburg, MA

2003 Characterism, “Pop Culture Art” in USA & Japan, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, NY

2003 Brave Destiny, Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, NY

2003 Multi-sensory: Visual Responses to Memory and Synesthesia, Herra Gallery, Wakefield, RI

2002 Flowers and Sugar Skulls for the Spirits, William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT

PUBLICATIONS

2002 “Meat”, Gastronomica: The Journal of Food and Culture, Vol 3, No 3 The University of California Press, Berkeley, CA2003

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

University of Connecticut, The William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, CT

Juniata College Art Museum, Huntingdon, PA