TATIANA WOLSKA

Born in 1977 in Zawiercie (PL)
Lives and works in Brussels (BE)

After studying at Villa Arson in Nice (FR), Tatiana Wolska received the “Grand Prix du Salon de Montrouge” and exhibited in solo at Palais de Tokyo. Since then, she has been invited by numerous French and Belgian institutions and developed a multidisciplinary practice characterized by organic growth and proliferating shapes. An economy of means and simplicity of the gesture are the foundation of her sculptural work. Her slow and painstaking practice sublimates the simplicity of the materials—recycled waste materials, always—in order to bring out their poetry.
In the last few years, with installations at Frac Corse in Corte (FR), Villa Empain in Brussels (BE) or Frac Centre-Val de Loire in Orléans (FR), Tatiana Wolska has expended her reflection process towards makeshift shelters and nomadic dwellings.

 


 

The essence of Tatiana Wolska playing with sculpture is recycling. She hardly ever buy things. And if she does – these are just elements indispensable for construction. Tatiana Wolska just plays with blocks. And the blocks she plays with might be plastic water bottles – thousands of which are used every day… Pieces of wood – industrial waste disposed of by companies… Old, used and worn-out mattresses.

There are so many objects around. They surround her on all sides driving her to distraction and confusing to such an extent that she totally lost interest in quest of different material, no matter how sophisticated and luring they might be.

Tatiana Wolska is a “junk” collector. She watches her collection without any concept or plan. Being deprived of imagination she starts to join those elements, bind them together – out of sheer curiosity. Sometimes the structure formed in this way grows powerful, becomes beyond her, overawes her… She likes it when those structures become strong and independent. They become themselves.

In fact there are plenty of things she could say – like how fascinated is she by the borderline between fine art and applied art – but what is simply the most important thing for her is everyone’s individual contact with works.

 


 

[READING LIST]

Essays:

  • Marianne Derrien, “Habitat potentiel pour une artiste”, 2018 (EN) (FR)
  • Bernard Marcelis, “Principle of uncertainty”, 2018 (EN) (FR)
  • Agata Araszkiewicz, “Metramorphoses of Tatiana Wolska”, 2018 (EN)

Selected press:

"Tatiana Wolska | ARTIST IN FOCUS", Irène Laub Gallery, 2020
"Interview Tatiana Wolska", Palais de Tokyo, 2014

COLLECTIONS

FRAC Corse (FR)

Collection BIC, Paris (FR)

Fondation Galila Barzilaï (BE)

SOLO SHOWS

2019

Femme, Bibliothèque communale de Saint-Josse-ten-Noode, Brussels (BE)

Principe d’Incertitude, Les Tanneries, Amily (FR)

2018

Transgression, Guest Pascal Pinaud, Irène Laub Gallery, Brussels (BE)

Matrice, Galerie Miejska Arsenal, Poznan (PL)

Habitat Potentiel pour une Artiste, Galerie de la Marine, Nice (FR)

Etude… Une semaine et une main, Atelier d’Estienne, Pont-Scorff (FR)

Liaison, Galerie Catherine Issert, Saint-Paul-de-Vence (FR)

2017

La saga, Galerie Double V, Marseille (FR)

2016

Nowhere Beyond, Irène Laub Gallery, Brussels (BE)

Garden Party 2016, Museum Dhondt-Dhaenens garden (BE)

2015

Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR)

Mutacje, Galerie Claudine Papillon, Paris (FR)

Work in progress, Irène Laub Gallery (FEIZI), Brussels (BE)

Hors les Murs, Hôtel de Sully, Paris (FR)

2014

Les modules, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR)

2013

Contre-temps, Galerie Catherine Issert, Saint- Paul-de-Vence (FR)

2012

Glissement, Le Dojo, Nice (FR)

2008

Tatiana Wolska – Exposition individuelle, Galerie Wpolnota Polska, Cracovie (PL)

GROUP SHOWS

2020

recyclage/surcyclage, Fondation Villa Datris, L’Isle-sur-la-Sorgue (FR)

« Toutes les lignes droites sont courbes », cur. Yolande De Bontridder and Jennifer Plasman, Villa Carpentier, Ronse (BE)

2019

2nd Biennale d’Architecture d’Orléans, Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans (FR)

L’Art Chemin Faisant… Paysages de Formes, Centre d’art L’Atelier d’Estienne, Pont-Scorff (FR)

Tell me more about you, Ateliers Mommen, Brussels (BE)

Achrome, Irène Laub Gallery, Bruxelles (BE)

1st Rabat Biennale of Contemporary Art, Musée Mohammed VI, Rabat (MA)

2018

PRESENT, Musée et Jardins Van Buuren, Uccle (BE)

La Collection BIC, CentQuatre, Paris (FR)

Melancholia, Fondation Boghossian – Villa Empain, Brussels (BE)

Politics of Discontent, cur. Jonathan Sullam, Irène Laub Gallery, Brussels (BE)

2017

Poésie Abstraite partie II, Ma Galerie, Paris (FR)

In Natura, Association Artais, DOC, Paris (FR)

Poetry of detritus, Galerie L’étrangère, London (GB)

Nous n’aurons de cesse d’explorer, Double-V Gallery, Marseille (FR)

Construire, Déconstruire, Delta Studio, Roubaix (FR)

Something (Un)conscious, cur. François de Coninck, Irène Laub Gallery, Brussels (BE)

2016

Impressions d’ateliers, Château-Musée Grimaldi, Cagnes-sur-Mer (FR)

(Un) Renoncé, Galerie Art Bastion, Miami (US)

Tribew Saison 1, Tribew, Paris (FR)

The Collection, Irène Laub Gallery (FEIZI), Brussels (BE)

Nomadisme , FRAC Corse, Corti (FR)

Le clou, FRAC PACA, Marseille (FR)

198920072016, Galerie Papillon, Paris (FR)

2015

Le clou, MUCEM, Marseille (FR)

Lady Made, Espace le carré, Lille (FR)

Gaz Station – part II, Gagliardi Art System, Turin (IT)

Petits Formats, Galerie Catherine Issert, Saint-Paul-de-Vence (FR)

GEODESIS, l’impossibilité tracé, Galerie Odile Ouizeman, Paris (FR)

2014

J’écris donc je suis, Le Garage, Brive (FR)

Wish you were here, Galerie Catherine Issert, Saint-Paul-de-Vence (FR)

2013

Duo Conjecture, Galerie in extenso, Clermont-Ferrand (FR)

Entrée libre mais non obligatoire, Villa Arson, Nice (FR)

2012

Moi et les Autres, Galerie Catherine Issert, Saint-Paul-de-Vence (FR)

Sunshine & precipitation / De la pluie & du beau temps 2 , Catalyste Arts, Belfast (IE)

2011

Auto-Station, La Station, Nice (FR)

Que sera, sera … , Centre d’art Neuchâtel, Suisse (CH)

Ratio Natura Poesis, MDAC L’Art contemporain et la Côte d’Azur, Cagnes-sur-Mer (FR )

PAGÈS Viallat Wolska , Galerie Catherine Issert, Saint-Paul-de-Vence (FR)

Exposition collective, Piegigriggio, Corse (FR)

2010

Nitrospective, Piedigriggio, Corse (FR)

Replikantki 2, Centre d’art contemporain, BWA, Katowice (PL)

2009

Bas’art, Fréjus (FR)

Moi et les Autres III, Galerie Catherine Issert, Saint-Paul-de-Vence (FR)

2008

Ex-Voto, Piedigriggio, Corse (FR)

Monographie, Galerie Wpolnota, Cracovie (PL)

2007

Génération 2007, Galerie de la Marine, Nice (FR)

Dernière station avant l’autoroute, Museav, Nice (FR)

L’art c’est renversant, Galerie Lafayette, Nice (FR)

FAIRS

2020
2018
2017

Art Night, London (UK)

Artvilnius, Vilnius (LT)

Jeune Création Européenne, Contemporary

Art Biennale, Como (IT)

Drawing Now, Paris (FR)

Art Monte-Carlo, Monaco (MC)

2016

Yia Art Fair, Brussels (BE)

Drawing Now Paris (FR)

2015

Art Brussels (BE)

Biennale de Sologne, Chaumont-sur-Tharonne (FR)

Yia Art Fair, Hors-les-murs, Paris (FR)

2010

Festival de Arte Mare, Bastia (FR)

2008

Biennale d’Art contemporain, Nîmes (FR)

Pavilion’s workshop, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (FR)

PRIZES

2014

‘Grand Prix’, Salon d’Art contemporain de Montrouge, Montrouge (FR)

2010

Prize ‘Jeune talent de la sculpture’, Collectivité Territoriale de Corse, Corse (FR)

RESIDENCIES

2019

Atelier d’Estienne – Centre d’Art Contemporain de Pont-Scorff (FR)

2016

Suggestion de temps #2, Site Saint-Sauveur, Rocheservière (FR)