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