Photo gallery from Opening

"Travellers" – Marta Gibiete
ul. Garbarska 24, Kraków – 22.11.2016 – 27.01.2017
Opening of the exhibition: 20.11.2016, 4 pm

"Travellers" – Marta Gibiete

ul. Garbarska 24, Kraków – 22.11.2016 – 27.01.2017
Opening of the exhibition: 20.11.2016, 4 pm

I remember the sensation of happiness from childhood, when in a warm summer day I am lying in the middle of a meadow full of flowers and I am watching the white, finny floating clouds in the blue sky. Clouds are floating... Where do they come from, where do they appear from? I imagined how the funny cloud that just had drifted past me will fly over the town where my friend lives a few hours later. Maybe it would tell her how good it is to sleep in a meadow full of flowers.

Many years later, another friend of mine from Finland, when she was going to go back home, said: "When I gaze at the full moon, I'll be sending you greetings." And yes, I received them often – now a bit more rarely, though.

With clouds, light, the stars we can travel around the Earth countless times. With my thoughts, dreams and with my work I travel the world, near and far from home. All my glass works are travellers carrying greetings from me to you. Shape, colour and texture are qualities that inspire me to create. Glass itself is an extraordinary material to work with. Every day I can meet many faces of glass – so different, so beautiful.

I like to dream about travellers in space. I like to watch clouds in the sky. I like to collect mushrooms in the woods and listen to the birds' chorus. All those dreams, thoughts and ideas you can see in my glass objects, in my travellers.

Marta Gibiete

Graduated from the Art Academy of Latvia in Riga, Faculty of Visual Plastic Arts (3D), Department of Glass Art, 2005.

She has been awarded grants for creative works many times by the State Culture Capital Foundation (SCCF), and travelling fellowships by the Nordic Council of Ministers, "Baltic Sleipnir", in 2002, 2007, 2008. She has received the Ebeltoft Prize in the International Competition Young Glass '97, Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, Ebeltoft, Denmark, and the Jutta Cuny-Franz Memorial Award, the Glasmuseum Hertrich, Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany, 1999. Nominated for the Art Academy of Latvia Award, 2011.

She has participated in 8 solo exhibitions and more than 100 group exhibitions, including the Young Glass '97, the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft, 1997; Spirited Approach: Women Glass Artists Today, Museum Kunstpalast, 2000; the Coburg Glass Prize, Coburg, Germany, 2006, 2014; the International Exhibition of Glass Kanazawa 2007, Kanazawa, Japan; the European Glass Context, Bornholm, Denmark, 2008, 2016; UFO Unique–Form–Object, the main exhibition of the Play with Glass – the European Glass Festival in Wroclaw, Poland, 2013; Lux Aeterna, Biennale Internationale du Verre, Strasbourg, France, 2015.

Her works can be found in the collections of the Glasmuseet Ebeltoft; Museum Kunstpalast; Ernsting Stiftung Glasmuseum (the Ernsting Foundation Museum of Glass), Coesfeld, Germany; the Latvian Embassy in Berlin, Germany; and the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Riga, Latvia.

She loves cycling and gathering mushrooms.