A Woman, According to Mariusz Drapikowski A Woman, According to Mariusz Drapikowski
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A Woman, According to Mariusz Drapikowski

A sculpture of a woman, which is being presented at an exhibition at the Amber Museum, belongs to the limited collection inspired by the beauty and harmony of the female body. It was created in the 1990s. as a result of cooperation with a popular sculptor - Jacek Sumeradzki.

"There were literally only a few of those sculptures. Each of them was different, but had a characteristic, elongated silhouette. All the sculptures were made of Baltic amber and their style relates to the secession." - tells us the author Mariusz Drapikowski.

The sculpture presented at the exhibition at the Amber Museum has hair made of Baltic amber: "I remember that this piece of amber suggested the right use for it: wind-blown hair of a down-to-earth, reddish colour, like in Gustaw Klimt's paintings". The collection was created as a kind of "side-effect" of the cooperation with Jacek Sumeradzki - the artists briefly met in order to implement a project together, however the inspirations turned out to be strong enough to trigger further collections by Mariusz Drapikowski.

Mariusz Drapikowski, an amber artist, is predominantly famous for his spectacular pieces on a sacral theme. Many of those works have gained a timeless status, such as the Amber Altar and the Millennium Monstrance at St. Bridget Basilica in Gdańsk, or the Jerusalem Triptych. His workshop in Gdańsk, which was set up in 1984, is the place of origin for many unique artistic works. The most famous of them are a plate with fruit, of impressive size and made of amber; glass decorated with amber, silver and wood, as well as silver jewellery inspired by natural forms of amber. Amber is a very important stone to him: "I have always been in love with this unique stone, associated with the Baltic Sea. Its warmth, temperature close to that of human body, create a kind of bond and make working with it even more pleasant. I love to animate it, by framing it in a such a way that the sunlight could easily penetrate it". The frames are made mostly of silver or gold, and other materials which emphasise the charm and colour of this exceptional stone. It is often put on a par with stones commonly regarded as precious: diamonds, sapphires and rubies - as it was the case of the dress for the miraculous painting of Our Lady of Częstochowa. "Although currently I have been to a large extent preoccupied with sacred art, I still take an enormous pleasure in 'serving' the people" - he says. His latest project - an amber medallion for the canonization coin, minted for John Paul II's canonization - will combine both of those dimensions.

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