Gentle Infestation (Łagodna Inwazja)
An inflatable and porcelain installation presented in the Center for Artistic Activities in Ustka Poland, as part of Nicole’s art residency with the Baltic Art Gallery.
In Nicole Banowetz’s installation for the Center for Creative Activities in Ustka Nicole presents forms based on microscopic sea creatures, radiolaria. In a large inflated scale these forms feel surreal, almost alien and even frightening. They are alive, and pulsing with air. On the night of the opening they feel strong, showing only hints of their weakness. Slowly the large robust forms are infested with delicate porcelain pieces.
These fragile, beautiful and slightly disgusting forms begin inhabiting and weakening the forms in the days following the opening.
The artist will be present daily in the gallery the week following the opening building up the parasitic porcelain installation within and around the inflatable work. She welcomes visitors to come and watch the process.