Match Girl by Kasia Polkowska
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Match Girl by Kasia Polkowska

by Kasia Polkowska
(Chicago, IL)

Match Girl, stained glass mosaic on plywood

Match Girl, stained glass mosaic on plywood

The mosaic is based on an image I painted a few years back while studying at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. My original painting depicted the imaginary spaces I thought up while reading Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Match Girl" - one of the most memorable fairy tales from my childhood.

In the upper left hand corner (inside a room, among the apartment buildings) my mother is reading the story to me and my two sisters. As she approaches the sad ending - an ending I've heard before - I leap out of the room landing in the story. Though I am too late; all that is left of the little girl is a shadow surrounded by light, as her soul ascends to heaven.

I've been creating mosaics since 2007. Up till now, I've been working with stained glass. I cut and shape all of the glass needed to create all of the shapes in my mosaics.

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