FEATURED WORKS: Katarina Tkaczyszyn, BFA '17
Katarina Tkaczyszyn’s work is realized in a diverse and often unconventional range of media, including installations, sculpture, electronic media, video and public performance. Katarina Tkaczyszyn began her career making visceral public work in 2012 that focused on pressing active interventions within the public sphere. Since the beginning of 2013, her work has aimed to propel viewers toward a conflicted state of fascination and aversion, largely due to the imposition of morally questionable terms.
Exceedingly interested around the temporal nature of life itself, Tkaczyszyn's works tend to be time-based as they often disappear shortly after taking form. She is known for using organic elements of the environment because of their natural putridity.
There is a fluidity and boundary breaking within her work, as she denotes that every being primarily exists out of self-interest due to the incessant inclination towards self-preservation. Her art has evolved to examine and affirm the notion of every being establishing its own existence and personal standing, and where the desire for continuity, longevity, and immortality is universally pertinent and an obsessive exertion. Tkaczyszyn maintains that the beings of the earth all hold a universal desire to be acknowledged by other beings. It is for this reason that she often embraces the active role of an unsolicited healer, where she strives to mend, console, and add purpose to the things that are of weak, feeble or abrasive nature. Such performative works of hers are documented by video. Her larger installations often hint at the transformative process that she initiates; where the subjects of her work finally become recognized beings that carry meaning and purpose. - Katarina Tkaczyszyn, 4th year