Where Do We Stand? is an exhibition of sculpture and two-dimensional works by Neshka Krusche. Neshka finds the driftwood, mostly cedar and fir, on the West Coast and brings it back to her studio in the Foothills, not far from Leighton Art Centre. Here, the wood is completely transformed to take on a new, sharp, thought-provoking presence. The long process of carving, charring and oiling the sculptures is an exploration of the process of change. First the wood needs to adapt to the dry and cold climate of Alberta, then it is slowly transformed to the minimal and tranquil forms that the sculptures eventually take.
Krusche graduated from the Visual Communications program at Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts, then ACAD) and has walked the fine line between art and design for the last 20 years. She is strongly influenced by the beauty and architecture of her home city of Kraków, Poland, by abstract art, contemporary architecture, and – of course – nature. Although the idea of combining contemporary design with nature is not new one, Krusche finds that there is a great sense of urgency to do so now.
During the pandemic the idea of change and adaptation took on a new, critical meaning. Neshka feels that the need to change thoughtfully is more urgent than ever. A crisis like the one in which we have found ourselves is an amazing opportunity to improve. Change can be a positive and hopeful process. Neshka’s sculptures, described as ‘soulful minimalism’, bring hope to the question: Where Do We Stand Now?
Please join us between 2 and 4 pm on Saturday July 31, 2021, as we celebrate the launch of this exhibit and Birds Eat Mosquitoes.
Please note: Leighton Art Centre is closed Mondays.