current
Exhibition
meta_Morphosis
1 March - 28 March 2024

Artereal Gallery is excited to present meta_Morphosis a solo exhibition by Elwira Skowrońska. 

 

Exhibition Opening Event: Saturday 2 March from 2 – 5pm.

“In a world constantly in flux, where everything seen and unseen undergoes an eternal dance of transformation, I draw inspiration from Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a narrative driven by the relentless force of change in human history. Enter the realm of meta_Morphosis, a creation that peels back the curtain on the unseen yet ceaseless mutations of virus particles, the enigmatic virions that shape the intricate tapestry of the human biome.

Ovid’s masterful storytelling, where individuals metamorphose into myriad forms, finds its echo in meta_Morphosis. This project breathes life into the perpetual transformation of virions—guardians and disruptors of human existence for centuries. Like a visual symphony, meta_Morphosis weaves a tale of a viral world emerging from apparent chaos, beckoning with rhythmic patterns that captivate the imagination and plunges us into the aesthetic mysteries of the invisible micro-universe. Redefining the sublime, transitioning from the grand, limitless spaces of Romanticism to the sub-cellular realm where quadrillions of particles undergo a breath-taking evolution.”

Elwira Skowrońska  2023

Elwira Skowrońska, Variato 5,  2024, timber, perspex, resin, LED light, glass (cropped detail) Photo courtesy of the artist. 

meta_Morphosis opens a portal to the sensory and sublime within science to reveal the romance and beauty beyond the biological and socially alarming impact of recent viral pandemics. Evoked through the rarely seen but exquisite world of virions, focusing on SARS-CoV-2, the artist simulates a fantasy of a trajectory out of limitless chaos towards the human world.

The evolutionary dance of the virus’s tantalising yet malevolent molecular mutations are captured in the artist’s visually dynamic twenty-first century symphonic video-scapes, her intricate Morphosis suite of paintings and cluster of artful resin virion sculptures.

A panoramic video invites us into the evolutionary drama in a sequence of scenarios: meta_Morphosis: Imminere with virions approaching the earth from space, meta_Morphosis: Adventus where virions enter Earth and metamorphosis begins,  culminating in meta_Morphosis: Disicuntio as new forms of viruses are borne from Earth into deep space.

The videos capture the transcendant swirl, the rush, the velocity across epic vastnesses, punctuated with periods of quiescence and stasis; blooming forth into an evanescent kaleidoscope of spectacular colour.

Skowrońska’s paintings, Morphosa 1, 2 and 3, meticulously rendered as a myriad field of minute pin-points of colour emulate the balletic dance, the sequence, manner and mystery of the evolutionary change, the ‘morphosa’ of the virion organisms.

The fully assembled infectious virus which is called a virion is the focus of Skowrońska’s Variato suite of sculptures, amalgams of both artifice and nature. Four sleek transparent futurist space-age vitrines conjure both the infinity and timelessness of inter-galactic space and the beautiful but sinister virion’s containment within a lab-like sphere that is resonant of the equipment for the clinical encapsulation of exotic mutating specimens in molecular biology research. From within the depths of Variato 5 the tenticular shape-shifting organism emits an electronic alien blue glow from the bubble within which it is at once evolving yet tethered within the density of the deep dark outer-galactic blackness of its plinth.

The glorious molecular fantasy realm of Elwira Skowrońska’s meta_Morphosis unfolds a drama of cellular particle life’s inexorable flux across time and space. In the way of Ovid’s literary Metamorhoses her opus too is a historio-mythic portrayal of the omnipotence of change and transformation and similarly harbours beneath its beauty ominous intimations of mortality and implications for humanity.

Barbara Dowse, Curator

Transcendent. Metamorphic. Other-worldly. 
Experience. Elwira Skowrońska.
Experience. Artereal.

Elwira Skowrońska, Variato 5,  2024, timber, perspex, resin, LED light, glass (cropped detail) Photo courtesy of the artist. 

Artwork Collaborators.
Video:
FX Artist: Emma Smith
Assistant FX Artist: Nathan Barrett


Sculpture:
3D Modeller: Lara Clemente
3D Modeller & Printer: Scott Cotterell

Installation images by Jessica Maurer Photography. 

All prices are in Australian dollars and inclusive of GST.
Delivery costs not included – please contact the gallery for assistance with delivery.

Prices are correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change without notice.
For sales enquiries email: info@artereal.com.au

Elwira Skowrońska

Morphosis 1

2023
acrylic on linen
144 x 108cm
$8,000
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Morphosis 2

2023
acrylic on linen
144 x 108cm
$8,000
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Morphosis 3

2024
acrylic on linen
144 x 108cm
$8,000
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Elwira Skowrońska

Variato 1

2024
perspex, resin
108 x 20 x 20cm
Ed 3 + 1AP
$5,500
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Variato 2

2024
perspex, resin
108 x 20 x 20cm
Ed 3 + 1AP
$5,500
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Variato 3

2024
perspex, resin
108 x 20 x 20cm
Ed 3 + 1AP
$5,500
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Elwira Skowrońska

Variato 4

2024
perspex, resin
108 x 20 x 20cm
Ed 3 + 1AP
$5,500
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Variato 5

2024
timber, perspex, resin, LED light, glass
108 x 20 x 20cm
Ed 3 + 1AP
$6,500
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Elwira Skowrońska

meta_Morphosis Full Version (3 videos)

2024
Computer graphic video, 4K
9 mins
Ed 1 + 2AP
$12,000
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Elwira Skowrońska

meta_Morphosis: Imminere

2024
Computer graphic video, 4K
3 mins
Ed 1 + 2AP
$4,000
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Elwira Skowrońska

meta_Morphosis: Adventus

2024
Computer graphic video, 4K
3 mins
Ed 1 + 2AP
$4,000
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Elwira Skowrońska

meta_Morphosis: Disicuntio

2024
Computer graphic video, 4K
3 mins
Ed 1 + 2AP
$4,000
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