Aviva Alter & Marzena Ziejka – a collaborative exhibition.
March 5 – 31, 2021
Virtual opening reception: Saturday, March 6, 6pm
Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-5 and by appointment, partially visible 24 hours per day, Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to make an appointment
Marzena Ziejka was born and raised in Tarnow, Poland, where she attended the State Art School. For 11 years worked as a professional weaver of the tapestry. She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow with a Masters in Sociology. In 2000 immigrated to the United States where she worked as miniatures painter, graphic designer, and illustrator. In 2010, she returned to weaving and widened practice to non-woven techniques. She resides in Chicago and has her art studio at Mana Contemporary. Her works have been exhibited in the States, Canada, Germany, Slovakia, China and Mexico, and are in private and museum collections.
Both factors, coming from a family of farming tradition and working as a weaver, are symptomatic in her practice. They center her interests on the nature that we should respect to sustain our own living, and they bring predilection for raw and tactile qualities found in materials that are otherwise less used as a medium. Those sensual and primary qualities of grass, soil, found canvas, horsehair or sticks she assigns to speak the language of Nature, telling the stories centered around the feeling of placement and/or displacement.
My current work began with my obsession for gathering discarded bits of information, assembling and reassembling them to create an order of my own invention. I construct my work by combining found and repurposed items using glue, cloth and thread as a binder for these materials. I then piece these objects together in an organic fashion, using processes that mark time by wrapping and stitching them in a repetitive manner. Each found object has a specific appearance or emotional connection that influences my decision making process in the formation of my art. While focusing on processes that disguise the original function of the found objects, these forms become amalgamations of broken bits and pieces of my world.