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Artist ID: 2299

Kaleena Stasiak's work explores the connection between historical and contemporary material culture. Looking through the lenses of artist, historian, archaeologist, and anthropologist, she explores the methods with which we consume history to uncover the relationship between the past and identity. Stasiak uses a variety of haptic media such as printmaking, ceramics, textiles, and sculpture as an act of creative democracy and historical role-playing. Digging through a lexicon of early American symbols and imagery she interrogates history and nostalgia through the framework of domestic labor. These graphic cyphers denote the power and breadth of traditional women’s work, functional handicraft, and the impulse to create. Decoration and ornamentation become expressions of desire, signifiers of identity, and autobiographical documentation of lives omitted from historical narratives and artistic discourse. With levity and gravity, she mirrors and distorts the past to distance the present and offer hope for the future.

Kaleena Stasiak received her BFA in Printmaking from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Ontario in 2008 and her MFA in Printmaking & Book Arts from the University of Georgia in 2018. Recent shows include Ancient Art Objects curated by Katie Geha at Whitespace in Atlanta, GA, Give Them the Slip curated by Wendy Vogel and presented by Regina Rex at bitforms Gallery in New York, NY, and Identity Measures curated by Jordan Amirkhani at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, LA. She is Lecturer in Printmaking & Foundations at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia.

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