Basic Social Unit Hierarchies: Artist Talk and Reception

Date: Oct 15, 2021

Deadline: Oct 29, 2021 - 7:00 pm

Friday, October 29 from 7-9pm (artist in attendance)*
The exhibition will run from until November 5, 2021.
*This is an in-person event. As a gallery space operating in Calgary, at this time all visitors in attendance will require proof of vaccination, recent negative COVID-19 test, or valid medical exemption letter to gain entry."

The project Basic Social Unit Hierarchies focuses on matriarchal and patriarchal elements within a basic social unit – a family. I study the distinction between these two models, based on my partner’s and my genealogical histories. I investigate the generational (three generations) and ethnographic (Polish and Canadian) differences and transformations regarding gender-imposed roles within studied families. I hope that the process, along with the installation - which is a culmination of my research - will, to some extent, elucidate my position and identity as a woman in my own family.

The work consists of two pillars of printed cloth depicting the dynamics between matriarchal and patriarchal elements within my partner’s and my family. The catalyst for this project was my curiosity to find out how our different histories and experiences have impacted our understanding of our partnership in a domestic context. I want to be aware of any behavioral tendencies we both might have inherited into our home life. I hope for this piece to also inspire my audience to revisit the homes where they come from and to analyze how the domestic models that they have experienced influence their current relationships.

Inspired by the 18th century Toile de Jouy, my pieces are printed on canvas in monochromatic blues and reds. The motifs of traditional Toile de Jouy depicted idyllic scenes of every-day life. My drawings of family life might seem to be pleasant at first, but after a closer look, they also show loneliness, neglect, boredom, and anxiety."

Kasia Koralewska is a textile-based artist and art educator currently living in Calgary, Canada. She received her education at the Alberta College of Art + Design in Calgary, Canada and Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz, Poland (Master of Fine Arts 2009). She presently teaches surface design in the Fibre and drawing in Continuing Education at the Alberta University of the Arts. Her artistic practice involves creating large-scale silkscreen printed textiles, drawings and installations. Her work has been exhibited in Poland, Germany, Czech Republic and Canada.

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