Match Girl, framed stained glass mosaic, 42" x 32", 2011
This mosaic was the featured artwork at my solo exhibit "Match Girl: a Body of Work by Kasia Polkowska" The exhibit took place at the CMS Gallery at the Chicago Mosaic School running from May 31st till July 27th 2011.
The mosaic is based on an image I painted a few years back while studying at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. My original painting depicted the imaginary spaces I thought up while reading Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" - one of the most memorable fairy tales from my childhood.
Detail of "The Match Girl" mosaic which is 42"x32" in size.
Both the painting and the mosaic are inspired by the imaginary spaces I build in my head while experiencing this familiar childhood story. Being a story architect can be extremely creative as there aren't any rules you have to follow. In the upper left hand corner (inside a room, among the apartment buildings) my mother is reading the story to my two sisters and me. The orphaned child in the story is out on a cold winter day, selling matches. No one is buying them though. It is so cold that the little girls starts burning the matches to stay warm. As my mother approaches the sad ending of the story - an ending I've heard before - I leap out of the room landing in the story. Though I am too late the last match has been lit. All that is left of the little girl is a shadow surrounded by light, as her soul ascends to heaven.
Me and 'The Match Girl' mosaic. You can see its a big one, I swear I'm not that small =) The framed mosaic is 42"x32".
Detail of "The Match Girl" mosaic which is 42"x32" in size. (me jumping into the story)
Detail of "The Match Girl" mosaic which is 42"x32" in size. (the little girl's soul going to heaven)