Katja Zubkova

Katja Zubkova

Katja Zubkova

Zubkova’s recent series, Primer, explores the intricate tapestry of life through six fundamental elements: Light, Architecture, 3-D, Nature, Evolution and Motherhood. Each piece in this series highlights the dynamic relationship between organic forms and structured elegance, capturing the essence of life’s journey—its beauty, challenges, and profound diversity.

Motherhood has deeply influenced my work, embodying themes of growth and transformation. This experience highlights the interconnectedness of life’s stages and the diverse paths we traverse. Using varied wood species symbolizes the harmonious coexistence of different narratives, emphasizing our unique yet connected stories.

 

The interplay of light and shadows transforms perception and evokes deep emotions. Each piece explores the potential of three-dimensional forms, creating layered environments that invite reflection on personal experiences and connections with the world. Contrasts of rough cuts and smooth finishes draw from nature and architecture, showcasing the balance between chaos and order.

 

Through Primer, I aim to convey life’s journey, embracing change and evolution. My work is a continuous experiment, an ongoing dialogue between the materials and myself, where each creation is a step toward understanding life’s intricate tapestry. The term “Primer” refers to the encoding/decoding of any data sources from biochemistry to mathematics, symbols and optics. Titles of these works are done in Binary code in “0”s and “1”s to further emphasize this concept.”

 

Artist Information

Katja Zubkova (b. 1989).

Katja Zubkova was born in Russia in 1989 and raised in Canada from a young age. She spent her early life pursuing art and sports including participating in Canada’s High Performance biathlon team with ambitions for the Olympics.

Katja is largely a self-taught artist with periods of training at the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, British Columbia. Katja began pursuing painting full time in 2014 following a period of overseas travel and artist residences in Thailand. In 2019, Katja’s practice evolved into sculptural explorations of ceramic wall installations. She went on to incorporate over ten varieties of rare, ethically sourced woods, including repurposed wood. Katja’s studio is currently located in Vancouver, Canada where she resides with her husband and daughter. She has been represented by Jennifer Kostuik Gallery since June 2024.

Primer – 2024

Dianne Bos- Herbarium Photo(synthesis)

Dianne Bos- Herbarium Photo(synthesis)

Dianne Bos

Dianne Bos- Herbarium Photo(synthesis)

October 17th - November 3rd, 2024

Opening Reception: October 17th 5pm - 7pm

An herbarium is a collection of dried plant specimens used for scientific study. In this new series of work, Bos turns her own herbarium into a photo album by using sunlight to create images on plants. The resulting chlorophyll prints are made using the chemistry that is naturally at work in a living plant. It is the ultimate sustainable photographic process.

Photosynthesis is the process by which green plants use sunlight to synthesize foods from carbon dioxide and water. Photosynthesis in plants generally involves the green pigment chlorophyll and generates oxygen as a byproduct. Most leaves when removed from a plant and exposed to sunlight eventually lose their natural colouring. If a leaf is removed from light and pressed into a book it will retain some of its original colour despite drying out. Similarly, if a stencil or film transparency is pressed onto a leaf and it is exposed to sunlight for several hours the chlorophyll will remain green in the unexposed areas while the rest of the leaf bleaches out producing different tones.

The images Bos has selected to print ‘into’ the leaves reflect the many worlds that plants sustain, while also hinting there may be sci-fi elements at play. These images are just as fragile and ephemeral as specific life-forms may be when faced with abrupt ecosystem change.

The work has been part of the exhibition “Redesigning Paradise” (January 20, 2023 – March 26, 2023) at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, Banff, Alberta that also included Mary Anne Barkhouse, Sarah Fuller, and Penelope Stewart. One of the Les Plantes Feuilles (Chlorophyll Leaf) images was selected for the SPAO photo walk in Ottawa. It will be on display for 5 years between 2024 – 2028.