Danish-born artist Maria Rubinke‘s small porcelain figures are reminiscent of the illogical compositions of surrealism, transforming the character of what are traditionally charming and passive objects into expressions of more taboo feelings that oscillate between desire and sadism.
For the exhibition at Volta NY the gallery has planned to showcase different sculptures interpreting the triptych “Garden of earthly delights” by Hieronymus Bosch dated from 1490 and 1510, with heaven, earth and hell as their focal source of inspiration.
In a known dramatic way Maria Rubinke exposes little innocent porcelain figurines (girls) to pain and suffering through different variations of sculptures. The symbolic language is powerful throughout the exhibition where Rubinke uses classic symbols like the lamb, an apple and the snake from the Garden of Eden as a reference to the Creation and the Fall of Man.
Like the Surrealists, Rubinke thematizes the complexity of the human psyche and works in a formal idiom all her own. She refers to surrealism and tries to reproduce the mental state of mind, with a personal symbolism.
The sculptures are all very detailed and meticulously executed. For the art fair the works will be displayed on specially made pedestals of wood and steel placed in a themed order around the booth without the classic glass showcase. All the sculptures are unique pieces and created specially for Volta NY .
Maria Rubinke has been working with the classic porcelain figure since her graduation from the School of Glass and Ceramics on Bornholm in 2008. She allows the incomprehensible and chaotic in the human subconscious to rise to the surface in her sculptures. The pure white porcelain surface attracts the gaze of the viewer, but at the same time distorts our presuppositions when the small porcelain girls are slowly broken down and subjected to contrast-filled madness.
Maria Rubinke studied at the School of Glass and Ceramics on Bornholm in 2008. Later she has exhibited at Haugar Vestfold Museum of Art in Norway and the Civic Museum Bassano del Grappa in Italy, and most recently she has presented a comprehensive solo exhibition, Fragile, at the Vejle Art Museum in 2012. Maria Rubinke’s first solo show at Martin Asbæk Gallery, It's better to burn out than to fade away, was showed from the 11th April to 17th May 2014.