OLGA KLOSOWSKI & HEIDI SCHELL
“Objects from our everyday spaces relate more to us that we may acknowledge. They collect memories and traces from our past that may be easily overlooked. It may not be an integral part of a person’s history but it is composed of moments that make up a lifetime. Transforming these objects into aesthetic artworks alters their original function however the history remains. The object is no longer just an object. It is a memorial of the past. My current work is a combination of pieces that transform the perception of unwanted objects. Living in a continuous construction zone has forced me to spend time within someone else’s life while creating a new space of my own.
My sculptures and prints are collections of found unwanted materials contrasted against alternative representations of the objects themselves. The materials and subject matters vary from furniture to structural elements of the home. While many of the objects that I use are not a part of my immediate past, there is an urge to archive items that are in the process of decay. All the works are transformed through material and composition creating a monument from a pile of junk. Common materials are the found objects themselves, concrete, metal along with processes of destruction just as dust and ash. To me they become subtle, yet beautiful elements in the space quietly drawing attention as they stand in their own right, speaking for themselves.My prints are similar in aesthetic nature as the sculptural work; however they are represented as obvious artworks. They are displayed in typical manner on the wall with questioning imagery. Investigations into stains and traces of the human presence have been a common subject matter. I layer the images overtop one another either in digital form or physically with a variety of transparent papers.”
Born in Barrie, Ontario in 1989, Olga Klosowski is a graduate from Art and Art History at University of Toronto, Mississauga. She specialized in Drawing and Printmaking, with recent explorations in Sculpture. The imagery of her work focuses on objects and places of abandonment. Her depictions of the objects represent destruction with a hint of hope by not letting them be forgotten. She has exhibited her work in the Blackwood Gallery, Living Arts Gallery, and has an upcoming show at the Art Gallery of Mississauga.
Heidi Artisan Schell is a Designer Maker from Ontario, currently living in Toronto. She has a range of talents across the artistic board focusing mainly in the material of hot glass (glass blowing). Heidi has always had a love for fibre and material culture; this theme is represented through her conceptual glasswork and printed art pieces. She spent 5 years obtaining her BFA between two schools, Sheridan College and the Alberta College of Art and Design. In this series of Collagraph Prints, Heidi demonstrates her creative process. She has carefully selected specific fabrics to work with and was able to capture the texture and tangible qualities of the material. The depth shown in each print truly demonstrates her unique process of printmaking.