CAPRICCI DI EQUILIBRIO
The sculptures of the Polish-American artist Karolina Maszkiewicz can be simplistically defined as Kinetic Sculptures, according to the New York Times, which included Karolina in the group of artists challenging Alexander Calder’s Mobiles. Indeed, just like Calder’s sculptures and in line with the definition, her sculptures also deal with the concept of movement in contrast to the classical staticity of sculpture. However, for Karolina, movement is not the constant, but the exception. It is not the purpose but the effect. I dare say that movement is a caprice in her works: the momentary alteration of the natural state of equilibrium, which brings a note of instability to upset the constant quiet of normality. Her sculptures live in a state that in physics is called Unstable Equilibrium: a correct distribution of weights and counterweights, levers and center of gravity are designed to create a state of balance, but precarious. A minimal external force (a blow or a movement of air) is enough to alter and break the balance, generating the movement as an effect. The viewer is invited to relate dynamically to the sculptures, to experience the short caprice of balance until the work reaches a new state of stability. But perhaps this is what makes the caprice so desirable, the fact that it is an exceptional pleasure.