Lauren Dombrowiak is known for creating
tower-like sculptural forms using stacked plates and cups. But Dombrowiak’s
stacked, all-white dinnerware is not what you would find in the kitchen
cupboard neatly organized, one atop the other. Instead, Dombrowiak’s plates and
cups are often precariously balanced on their edges or upside down. Her
sculptural dinnerware towers are a playful visual marvel. Like a stack of
cards, there appears to be the eminent possibility of collapse. The fragility
of the objects, although strategically stacked, is a domestic nightmare. Yet
beyond the absurdity, the forms are beautiful in their simplicity and a clever
use of rather ordinary objects. Rendered non-functional, the plates and cups
have been transformed into monumental trophies of varying size.
To complement the towering dinnerware,
Dombrowiak often incorporates decorative motifs like large-scale, brightly
colored paisley leaves along with furnishings such as traditional tables,
chairs, sofas, or a rug -- a touch of reality to underscore the topsy-turvy
nature of the staged domestic scenario.