Submission
Monika Gabriela Dorniak

If Homunkulus Had A House

If Homunkulus Had A House is a solo exhibition by artist Monika Dorniak, revisiting a selection of her interdisciplinary works that have been created between 2009-2020 in Berlin and London.


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Monika Dorniak, ZM 7 to TH 1, 2016, acryl and thread on textile, 175 x 105 cm
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Installation View, Monika Dorniak
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Installation View, Monika Dorniak
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Monika Dorniak, The Human Anatomy Is Adorning Itself, 2009, acryl on textile with glass, 47 x 37 x 4 cm
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Monika Dorniak, The Human Anatomy Is Adorning Itself, 2009, textile scan print on alu dibond, 120 x 60 x 4 cm
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Monika Dorniak, Detail of Spinless Column, 2020, organic body fluids and chemicals on glass, 77 x 45 x 35 cm
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Monika Dorniak, body axe (as per a, b, c), 2018, acryl and organic fluids on fabric, 200 x 150 x 1 cm
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Monika Dorniak, Collective synchronisation, 2016, pen on fabric, 175 x 130 x 1 cm
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Monika Dorniak, Emological Symphony, 2013, wearable body sensors with synthetic textile and thread, 150 x 50 x 1 cm
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Installation View, Monika Dorniak
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Monika Dorniak, Magnetic Lines, photograph on synthetic fabric and wool and stones, 180 x 50 x 3 cm
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Monika Dorniak, Past Pieces Merging With What I Call Now, video installation with glass, wood and fabric, 30 x 20 x 5 cm
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Monika Dorniak, Reptile Hand, 2016, acryl on textile and thread, 190 x 120 x 1 cm
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Artist Monika Gabriela Dorniak’s works draw a phenomenological map, and guide a journey through the states of being human in a body that positions itself between natural and artificial charts of the world. In the past decade, her performances, workshops, installations, videos and sculptures have been her transformable laboratory, and her multi-media works, inspired by her in-depth research of the miracle of being alive, reflect on overstimulation and worsening cultural separation. The objects of the exhibition reflect different stages of her research in psychology, sociology and anatomy; some appeared in previous performances, or are ongoing in performance. Dorniak’s artistic interest in human anatomy began in 2009 with her series ‘The Anatomy Is Adorning Itself’. She has used organic materials, such as blood, in many works, and her most recent, Blood Crystals, is an alienating perspective on the components of our ‘Self’; they combine the beautiful and uncanny, by giving agency to particles of the body, and bring them in direct relation with glass, plants and fabrics. The artist’s philosophical research allows her to spin a network between the objects of the exhibition, combining non-/human agents, giving space for the Unknown, to make us question our definition of Self in an anthropocentric world.