Luiza Kurzyna creates wearable objects and hybrid creatures as catalysts for interactive role-play, performance and video. She holds an MFA in Studio Art from Brooklyn College (2010) and BFA in Painting and Drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2005). She is a recipient of the BRIC Media Arts Fellowship (2015), and has completed residencies at I-Park Foundation (2015/2013), Ox-Bow (2014), ChaNorth (2013), Santa Fe Art Institute (2011) and Contemporary Arts Center (2010/2005). She currently teaches at Parsons the New School for Design and at Time-In Children’s Art Initiative. Her recent solo presentations include “Rock me, Baby” at Soho20 gallery in Brooklyn, NY (2016), and “Fruit Fight” at the Governors Island Art Fair, NYC (2016).
I approach art as a form of therapy. I observe nature and relationships within it, the gender-roles, movements and textures. These visual memories and studies mix with my diaristic process to create objects to be played with. They often become wearable costumes or puppets that resemble hybridized plants or animals with a given function, driven by desire. Most recently, I’ve started to implement the video medium to document the performance aspect of the objects, to further explore meaning and to shape experience through narrative, sound and the mergence of the fantastical characteristics of these “creatures” with staged and natural surroundings.