AA2A Artist

Klara Szafranska

Year:
2022-23
Location:
Nottingham
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Project summary:

I work with sculpture, video and performance. Drawing from socio-political themes like fetish and kitsch, I link the political and social to the visceral, metaphysical and inner. I look at how the durability and non-disposability of familiar, pretend-to-be-functional objects lure us in with the promise of forever nourishment.

I look at how we engage our physical and metaphysical senses when it comes to the idea of consumption. In my work, I interrogate the ways of solidifying the feeling of consuming– whether that’s food or something else - that’s ultimately perishable and exists in a moment. What objects can really give us? How constant production of materiality strikes to fulfil some viscerality? The object I make can’t physically nourish, but they embody a visual element that perhaps strives to provoke fulfilment, the idea of fulfilment or the journey we take fulfilment. Through those questions, I self-examine my own experiences as a CEE immigrant living in post-Brexit Britain and engage in the wider discourse on commodity fetishism and the magical qualities we assign to man-made objects as they become entangled in the capitalist systems.

Having previous experience in working separately with ceramics and digital technologies like moving image or 3D scanning and printing, I would like to use the facilities to merge the two together within my sculptural practice and undertake experimentation into alternative modes of displaying sculpture.

During the programme, I would like to undertake further development using play and playfulness as a tool of practice and see how I can use new display methods that are anchored in both the realm of the artwork and the realm of the space allowing both to influence each other and abstract the viewers experience.

I work with sculpture, video and performance. Drawing from socio-political themes like fetish and kitsch, I link the political and social to the visceral, metaphysical and inner. I look at how the durability and non-disposability of familiar, pretend-to-be-functional objects lure us in with the promise of forever nourishment.

I look at how we engage our physical and metaphysical senses when it comes to the idea of consumption. In my work, I interrogate the ways of solidifying the feeling of consuming– whether that’s food or something else - that’s ultimately perishable and exists in a moment. What objects can really give us? How constant production of materiality strikes to fulfil some viscerality? The object I make can’t physically nourish, but they embody a visual element that perhaps strives to provoke fulfilment, the idea of fulfilment or the journey we take fulfilment. Through those questions, I self-examine my own experiences as a CEE immigrant living in post-Brexit Britain and engage in the wider discourse on commodity fetishism and the magical qualities we assign to man-made objects as they become entangled in the capitalist systems.

Having previous experience in working separately with ceramics and digital technologies like moving image or 3D scanning and printing, I would like to use the facilities to merge the two together within my sculptural practice and undertake experimentation into alternative modes of displaying sculpture.

During the programme, I would like to undertake further development using play and playfulness as a tool of practice and see how I can use new display methods that are anchored in both the realm of the artwork and the realm of the space allowing both to influence each other and abstract the viewers experience.

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