Kasia Zurek-Doule
Medium: Ceramics/Pottery and Sculpture

Studio Location:
18 Whitwell Place
Studio # Shapeshifter Lab

Email: kasia.doule@gmail.com

Website:: www.kasiazudou.com/

Artist Bio:
Born in Chicago, IL, Kasia Zurek-Doule, is a Brooklyn based ceramic artist. She received her BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1999 where she concentrated on art history and painting. Since then she has explored jewelry, photography, and collage and in 2012, she began working in clay. In 2016 and 2017, she participated in the 16th and 17th Annual Tokyo-New York Friendship Ceramic Competitions at the Nippon Gallery in New York, NY. In 2017, one of her works took first place in the 3D Art/Mixed Media Category in the "ALL BOTANICAL" Competition, hosted by the Contemporary Art Gallery Online. She joined BWAC in 2018 and showed her work in "Transformations", the spring membership show.

Artist Statement:
I find so much beauty in living things, their anatomy, their chemistry, and their biology. As a city dweller, a dancer, and a living body in general, the flow of natural systems in motion--i.e. bodies, muscles, cells--has always interested me. Wet clay, composed of pulverized stone and water, has become a natural medium choice for expressing these concepts and has also become my inspiration. Fresh clay can be worked without limit while it is wet, but when time and heat are applied, a moment in time can be suspended. I like to think that the objects I create move continuously before being coaxed into position through the processes of drying and firing.

Our society values clear thought, organization and perfection, and clay has given me the opportunity to think less linearly, and to manage the expectations I have for myself. Making clay objects gives me the chance to go where the moment takes me. When I settle it in to make a particular form that I have had on my mind, I let the medium alter my vision. I find that while I work clay, there are so many factors that can change my initial concept. It is far more important to me to learn how to adapt and be open to change than to execute my original concept. Some of the works with which I am most satisfied developed when I stopped struggling for control of the medium.

When I create art, I feel like I am contributing something to society. Art is one of the very few things that humans create that inspire others to cultivate it. I hope that one day I create something that will move least one person enough to care for it and share it with others.

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