In the Project Space
By turns playful, melancholic, and surreal, Kasia Sosnowski’s ceramic sculptures visually articulate the bodily experience of emotion — unease, anticipation, euphoria. In her new installation, SNEEK-E-PEEP’N, Sosnowski evokes the simultaneous anxiety and frisson of an accidental or uninvited glimpse into a neighbouring window. Her ceramic forms reside behind street-front windows, shrouded gently by a hand-drawn grid. Sensual and visceral, her work beckons to be touched in the same breath as it elicits the bodily anxieties that we often strive to hide or obscure. A set of inward-turned feet resolutely weaves its toes into a tight warp and weft. Neon green tears seep through the skin of a seated figure, its legs dangling playfully. A pair of hands emerge tentatively from a moulting ceramic mountain.
Glimpsed through partially-obscured windows, Sosnowski’s ceramics exist in their own self-contained universe, connected by bonds that we can only intuit from a distance, yet they plaintively beckon us into their realm. At a moment when many of us find ourselves spending more time close to home, walking through neighborhoods, glancing furtively into nearby windows, SNEEK-E-PEEP’N conjures the wordless space between connection, transgression, and voyeurism.
Kasia Sosnowski is originally from Calgary – she moved to Lethbridge in 2007. She graduated with honours from the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor of Fine Arts: Art History & Museum Studies, and a Bachelor of Fine Arts: Art Studio in 2014. She moved to Banff in 2014 where she worked at The Banff Centre as a Preparatorial Practicum at the Walter Phillips Gallery. After completing her year-long practicum she participated in the Banff Centre’s Late Fall BAiR program where she began exploring ceramics. She recently completed a two month residency at Medalta in the Historic Clay District in Medicine Hat.
She has shown her work in Calgary, Lethbridge, Edmonton, and Auckland – and is working towards upcoming shows in 2020/2021. She now lives and works in Lethbridge, Alberta where she maintains her art practice.