Watch & Listen to Artist Yvonne Kustec

Watch an artist talk (video below) by Yvonne Kustec in conversation with Esker curator Shauna Thompson, recorded on 18 February, 2021. She discusses her work and practice, as well as her current exhibition The Garden on view in the Esker Project Space until 6 June, 2021.

Kustec employs various hand building techniques with clay to produce figurative sculptural work merged with elements of flora and fauna to reclaim the body from patriarchal traditions, institutions, and ideologies. Through her sculpture, she works to deconstruct the symbolic nature of femininity and to redefine historical narratives by stripping them of characterization and virtuous attributes, while highlighting the powerful and instinctual survival nature of the feminine spirit.

Watch and listen to the talk below.

Yvonne Kustec is a Calgary-based artist originally from Oakville, Ontario. She attended AUArts (formerly ACAD), majoring in sculpture, and graduated with a BFA with distinction in 2011. Kustec employs various hand building techniques with clay to produce figurative sculptural work that is merged with elements of flora and fauna. Kustec uses nature as a metaphor for both transformation and regeneration, and merges flora and fauna with the body to reclaim it from patriarchal traditions, institutions, and ideologies. Through her sculpture, she works to deconstruct the symbolic nature of femininity and to redefine historical narratives by stripping them of characterization and virtuous attributes. Kustec is currently an artist in residence at Medalta in Medicine Hat.

 

February 18th, 2021 at 6-7pm