German artist Karina Smigla-Bobinski is a sculptor and performance artist. Smigla-Bobinki creates artworks that allow for audience interaction and participation, making the gallery space more exciting than static.
In her work, Ada, Smigla-Bobinski places a large, clear plastic, helium filled membrane in the centre of a white-walled gallery room. The helium filled ball has sticks of charcoal protruding from many points on its surface. The weightlessness and mobility of the ball, and the blank white state of the walls, invites the gallery visitor to move the ball and create marks on the walls. I really love the idea of this, that element of childlike wonder in throwing around what is essentially a large, charcoal-equipped balloon, and drawing on the walls. The marks are abstract, but the real work of art is the experience and process of slowly covering the gallery walls in charcoal.
This interactivity and innovation in material carries through into many of Karina’s artworks, which have been shown extensively in Germany as well as internationally.