[ kah-shah skor-in kev-ich ]
Visual Artist / Educator / Filmmaker
Transformation begins with an encounter with a discarded object. The work builds on the forgotten past of discarded objects that have been deemed worthless and explores their short-lived existence to create new poetic residues. The objects are reworked into unfamiliar forms and events, using the found object as a tool. For example, Support, transforms discarded pegboards into a suspended contraption for painting. As vibrant paint mixes and drips through the peg holes onto canvas, it creates abstract chance paintings. Near-Threatened, is made from an old discarded 35mm film camera that has been taken apart and its’ own raw pieces used to create a cyanotype photogram. The work questions the habits of our throwaway culture and examines an object becoming worthless due to changing fashion, technological progress, and the passage of time. By exposing the moments of transformation, the end results are that the altered object will have a new spirit and leave an imprint of its existence.
Kasia Skorynkiewicz was born in Poland and immigrated to America in 1984, settling in northern New Jersey. She received her bachelor's degree from Seton Hall University and moved to Los Angeles to start her film career. After working on a variety of award winning films and TV productions for 8 years, she moved back to New Jersey and received her Master's in Fine Arts at Montclair State University. Kasia Skorynkiewicz's current art practice questions our modern throw away culture by using discarded objects in her work. She transforms the found objects, focusing on the moments of transformation, to create new poetic residues that explore obsolescence, the ephemeral, and transience. Her work has been exhibited at the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey, Magnan Metz Gallery in New York City, and other places. Kasia Skorynkiewicz is currently an professor at Seton Hall University.