Open Studio and Artist Talk: Kristina Durka

By March 15, 2018Residency

Open Studio and Artist Talk: Kristina Durka
Wednesday, March 21, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Location: Cotton Factory, 270 Sherman Ave. N. (see below for details)

Kristina Durka is a recipient of 2017 Ignition Award for Distinction in the McMaster Studio Art Program. Her interdisciplinary practice incorporates ceramics, textiles, installation, and video. For the past year, Kristina has been artist-in-residence in the Hamilton Artists Inc. Cotton Factory Residency Program following her graduation from McMaster University. Join us for an open studio and artist talk with Kristina on Wednesday, March 21, from 7-9 pm to see and hear about her new work!

Kristina Durka is an interdisciplinary artist from Hamilton, Ontario. She has completed a BFA at McMaster University in 2017. She has exhibited across Southern Ontario, and is presently engaged in a year-long residency through McMaster University and the Hamilton Artists Inc. at the Cotton Factory. In her current practice she is exploring self-reflective work inspired by abnormal growths on the body and the relationship with her rabbit.

Artist Statement: I am interested in the parallels between women and animals throughout history, and apply this through representations of myself and pet rabbit Lou. First wave feminism suggests the removal of all dominance in relationships, between men and women, as well as human and animal. This philosophy is impossible to practice as a caregiver to a pet, and I view my rabbit as a life partner instead. Throughout the duration of tour time spent together, both myself and Lou experienced benign growths in the same location, thus suggesting our relationship was fated.

The studio is located on the second floor of the Storehouse Building. Entrance through the parking lot on Biggar Ave. An attendant will help guide you to studio 236.

* note: The main doors to the storehouse building will be locked. Arrive promptly at 7:00 pm. Late comers will need to text the number provided for admittance once attendant has left.