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Katia Kesic

My memory vessels series are based on the subjective process and documentation of exploring my identity. Each vase has its own unique narrative, echoing fragments of my reality at certain points of my life after moving to the UK. These elements consist of my associations, imagination, patterns, cosmic and esoteric symbols, people and conversations I overheard, and dreams, unfolding as their own visual language and mythology. I’m drawn to ceramics both as a medium and a craft that is traditionally associated with functionality and labour, rather than Fine Art. Vessels are also associated with an act of conjuring, thus bearing a connection to rituality. My vases allow me to merge various narratives together non-hierarchically into speculative assemblages of different worlds, while their three-dimensionality adds a textural and visceral dimension that I feel grounds my process, experience and work firmly in the present. 

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About the Artist

Katia Kesic was born in Moscow, in 1986 and moved to London in 2012.

Katia explores the human body as a memory vessel which collects traces of one’s reality/inner subjectivity and the imagination. The African fabric patterns of Brixton, memorised view from Moscow flat, cosmic and esoteric symbols of media/fashion trends & their aesthetics - she is using all this information stream as a source for her works. By converting these influences into an independent elements, she is creating one’s own mythology. Katia distancing herself from the layers of memory and associations in order to get to their essence, whilst speculating on how much our personal identity is influenced by the inner or the outer world; be it immigration, sexuality, connection to the environment etc. Hands-on experience /process is equally important as an idea. Katia graduated Moscow State Academic Art college in memory of 1905, Stroganov Moscow State Academy of applied arts, Chelsea College of Arts and London Metropolitan University. Since 2015 she has been taking part in shows in Russia and the UK.

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