Kaleena Stasiak teaches printmaking and foundations.
Rokken - turned ash spindles and rockers, wood varnish, 54” x 54” x 54”, 2017
My artistic practice engages in material and textual investigation both inside and outside of the studio. Looking through the lenses of artist, amateur historian, scientist, archaeologist, and cultural anthropologist, I explore methods of the consumption of history to address the relationship between the past and identity. My work critiques the notion of institution as bearer of unbiased facts and artifact as placeholder of truth through tactical subversion in craft. I utilize an assortment of haptic media such as printmaking, ceramics, textiles, and wood furniture as a form of creative democracy to question identity construction, nationhood formation, and collaborative myth making.
My work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Recent shows include Clues and Scientific Inquiry at the Marcia Wood Gallery in Atlanta, GA, Ancient Art Objects at Whitespace in Atlanta, GA, Give Them the Slip at bitforms Gallery in New York, NY, and Identity Measures at the Contemporary Art Center in New Orleans, LA. I received my BFA from the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Ontario in 2008 and my MFA from the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia in 2018. For the past two years I was the Visiting Assistant Professor in Printmaking & Foundations at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama and am currently Lecturer in Printmaking & Foundations at Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia.