MAD is open Monday, January 20 for Martin Luther King Jr Day.

Monika Zarzeczna’s sculptures stem from an exploration of objects, forms, and their perceived purpose, asking deeper questions regarding the intent and history of an object. Zarzeczna assembles and preserves collected materials, colors, and found objects to create work that evokes nostalgia and reflection along with a simultaneous sense of nature and urban decay. Her work depicts ideas of transition—of objects having lost their original function due to time, damage, or gradual obsolescence—exploring the in-betweenness that occurs when one moves from a known to an unknown situation or place, and attempting to visualize misunderstandings of systems, the adaptations required, and the ideas born from that chaos.

A recurring strategy in Zarzeczna’s work is to incorporate found objects and their lingering individual language such that they coexist with forms created by hand. At MAD, she will continue her series “Them,” made with air-drying clay, paper and muslin, gouache, and acrylic paint alongside found and pre-used elements.

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