Offbeat

By Jack Williams


This busy mother’s life really is a balancing act, as she intricately constructs bizarre sculptures during her rare moments of spare time.

Csilla Klenyanszki’s strange challenge sees her balance household objects during the 30- to 60-minute windows that her son, Marcel, sleeps every day.

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These fascinating stacks can be made using anything from fishing nets and brooms to plastic tableware and even the tables themselves.

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The idea for this unique series came to Csilla – who is from Hungary but based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands – when she realized that the only downtime she had every day was during her one-year-old’s two naps.

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So, Csilla turned nap-time into studio-time, piling objects high and snapping them once Marcel’s naps had come to an end.

The 31-year-old named her ongoing series “Pillars of home,” and many of the installations shoot from floor to ceiling.

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In other works, Csilla includes herself in the images, balancing items on her back and head.

On three occasions, the stacks have come crashing down, the artist said, leaving her to clean up the mess afterwards.

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Csilla has created more than 30 installations since she began the series in 2016.

She said: “As my work is an ongoing search for balance, ‘Pillars of home’ felt as the most reasonable step within my artistic development at the time of early parenthood.

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“I wanted to create something that shows my struggles with time and the challenges of finding a balance between parenthood and an artistic practice in a playful way.

“To feel the tension; is the installation gonna collapse?

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“Is it going to wake up the baby? how many minutes do I have left before he wakes up? can I finish the pillar?”