The human mind used to rebel against anything that disturbed its equilibrium and orderliness. Meanwhile, according to quantum mechanics, various objects in the micro-world (e.g. electrons) can simultaneously be in two (or more) states. To be more precise, their state is described by a wave function that combines certain base states. This unsettlingly paradoxical depiction of reality is called superposition.
Glass, i.e. static matter with specific physical features, is but a starting point for Beata Stankiewicz-Szczerbik’s ephemeral works. The artist redefines glass by boldly including it in performance-like narratives, installations or video works. As a result of these operations, glass loses its physicality and becomes an indefinable, unsettling phenomenon. The artist uses glass to create elaborate self-portraits, talk about motherhood, identity, femininity and evanescence. She unveils her glass heart, whose rhythm is controlled by the viewer.
Beata Stankiewicz-Szczerbik (b. 1967)
Wrocław Academy of Art and Design; Faculty of Ceramics and Glass, Glass Department / Prof. Zbigniew Horbowy.
2016_ The International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa, Japan.
2014_ Scholarship of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage.
2014_ Several Emotional Self-Portraits. National Museum in Wrocław.
2013_ Scholarship of the Marshal of Lower Silesia Province.
Completed projects in the city of Wrocław:
• twelve stained-glass windows (modern stained glass), St. Matthias Gothic church in Wrocław.
• unique glass images, Copernicus Airport Terminal in Wrocław.