Berlin-based installation artist Monika Grzymala (German, born in Poland, 1970) has studied stone sculpting and restoration, as well as visual arts at various German universities. The main theme of Grzymala’s work is the line and drawing in three-dimensional space. In her installations, the artist uses various materials: adhesive tape, paper, wire, and even living trees. The creations are always adapted to the exhibition site, connecting different visible and non-visible aspects, in short, using structures of tape and site-specific drawings to transform the space into a new cosmos. The sculptural interventions seem to twist and reconfigure rectilinear space, endowing it with a new and vibrant, organic and expressive potential, much as a dancer might transform the space through which she moves. The tangled lines that Grzymala stretches through her installations gather and disperse, curve around, rise and fall. We follow the gathering movement not only with our eyes but with our own bodies as we walk through the exhibition. Each ephemeral installation is described by the kilometres of tape that make visible the physical and mental process of creation. The spatial drawings are delicate, transient, and almost ethereal, but also balanced out by a feeling of persistent sense, materiality, and gesture.
Grzymala has received several awards and grants, and her work has been exhibited at the Drawing Center in New York (2006), the Drawing Room in London (2009), the Tokyo Art Museum (2010), the Museum of Modern Art in New York (2010), the 18th Biennale of Sydney (2012), the Morgan Library & Museum in New York (2013), the Reykjavik Art Museum (2014 and 2016), and other galleries and institutions around the world.