Monika Grzymala is listening with her hands. Based on the articulation of the line, her work weaves her thoughts continuously into the space before her. Describing the creative process as one of immediacy, her works are often site-specific and carry a sense of bodily expression. Perhaps best known for her large-scale installations, and hand-made paper works, her second solo exhibition at BERG Contemporary serves as an excellent example of her vibrancy as an artist and connector. Based on a never-before-seen series of molded cotton paperworks, the title of the exhibition derives from her papermaking studio in Berlin, situated below a music school. Integrating the sounds from the surrounding spaces around her, lines start to form, melodies turn to lifelines, wordless poems, -concertos in space.
When entering the exhibition, we are confronted with the rhythm and flow of an all-encompassing tape structure, a Raumzeichnung, and become suddenly ostensibly more aware of our own scale, as the black tape has served as an extension of the artist’s shifting, shapes and gestures before we arrived. As described by the artist herself; “All the sounds and stories are already existing, and constantly interweaving. When I make art, I just need to pick up the songlines and make them visible in the new work.”
Past the lines of the paperwork, trickling by like traces in snow, we come across Kinesphere, a braided sculpture floating in the air, inside the innermost room. Often described as the spatial consequence of our movements, the traditional geometry of a kinesphere is destined to support our personal space and body territory, a supporting structure for personal interactions. An evolving piece, the white paper wirework has been exhibited twice before, continuously shapeshifting and incorporating itself into its surroundings, as if it’s growing with every place and person it encounters. Thus, in true kinesphere manner, our stories and being there become invisibly interconnected to the shapes and gestures of the ones that entered its realm before us. It therefore serves just as much of an architectural intervention as her tape works, within poetic measures.
A common denominator in Grzymala’s works tends to be growth, the line has no end, and similar to plants and trees they continue to grow, but are often temporary. Her handmade paper works come from trees, their lines as important as the paper surface itself. The artist has rightly pointed out the fact that by drawing, we are not only exploring what’s inside of us, but when we draw the ground, it also draws us. Everything is reciprocal, similar to a tree that needs someone to hear it fall for it to make a sound, otherwise, it’s just a rapid movement of particles. The songs are there, but someone has to listen. Raumzeichnung: The German word for spatial drawing
Artist: Monika Grzymala