by Katharina Kaminski
14 October — 20 December 2023
Curated by Dayneris Brito
Katharina Kaminski is a Paris based artist born in Uruguay in 1994. Kaminski, who was born biologically outside of the binary norm, intersex, approaches her creative process as an exploration of her own physicality. Her work channels corporeal abstraction. It questions the norms of what we perceive as bodily. Kaminski’s sculptures offer a profound understanding of the unique differences appearing in nature and within ourselves. Her process is a constant improvisation, she explores the movement of her hands and the possibilities of clay. She gives away to the material and arrives at shapes with no prior expectations. By inserting an element of fire in the form of a candle into her sculptures, Kaminski invites an internal inhabitant into her clay structures. Having a light and a shadow, her sculptures become bodies in their own right. The light activates her sculptures by giving them a motion of self.
For the 'Womb' exhibition at Sainte Anne Gallery, Kaminski explores fertility, understood beyond the biological metrics, but as our lifelong longing to create. She introduces fertility as our greatest strength, and vulnerability — as the ability to change, evolve and create. It is a certain contemplation upon being incarnated within a body, and exploring its endless possibilities. The exhibition offers a very intimate viewing of Kaminski’s sculptures. The ambiance created by her oeuvre along with dancing lights and a soundscape, offers a spiritual experience of entering into an ancient cave of shapes and symbols. For this exhibition, Kaminski has integrated new mediums — bronze and marble — in addition to her main medium — clay. The incorporation of metal and stone elaborates the gracefulness of Kaminski’s work and adds a dose of brutalism into her research of the carnal.