Kwartzlab is proud to celebrate its first full year of providing a place for artists to show their work in a maker space where their art can influence how makers within the space are creating their own work. Read her artist statement and come out Jan 11 @ 7:30 for our opening for Agnes and 1 year anniversary.
Niewiadomski’s practice has focused mainly on large site-specific installations in public spaces; however she has also created more intimate, object based work. She combines embroidery and sewing together with building materials such as wood and fibreglass screening to create imagery and text based pieces from the Ultimate Home Repair Guide. Niewiadomski is interested in playing with the conventional roles of males and females in the home, and sees herself as both the handyman and the homemaker. She has a passion for making things with her hands- both in the workshop and in the kitchen. It is when these two paradigms shift that her work creates new places to be experienced.
Niewiadomski’s Brick Wall, (2007) uses hand embroidery on fibreglass screening to create an image of a brick wall with yarn. The facade was originally created as a site-specific installation on the front windows of a gallery in Toronto. The window is a liminal space—a threshold between inside and outside. It is neither here nor there but exists some place in between. The artist’s attempt at preserving her idea of “home” is lost as the day turns to night, and the facade becomes transparent and permeable. One can never truly return “home”.
Agnes Niewiadomski graduated with distinction from the Sculpture/Installation program at the Ontario College of Art & Design in 2008. She was awarded the OCAD Medal for Sculpture/Installation, the program’s highest achievement. She currently works and lives in Hamilton, Ontario.
Cake Wall (2011) will be created to celebrate the one year anniversary of the Art Wall at Kwartzlab, Waterloo, Ontario. Niewiadomski will create her own aluminum cake pans and bake cake “bricks”. The entire cake will consist of thirty stacked bricks, assembled with buttercream “mortar” icing, and will yield approximately ninety servings. A slideshow of process images will be on display throughout the evening. Tea and coffee will also be served along with the cake. Friends and family are welcome to come out and enjoy the evening.