Today we’d like to introduce you to Katerina Usvitsky.
Katerina, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My art life is ever evolving, when I was little it was all about the simple pleasure of making with my hands. As a moody teenager it was about coping with life and as a young adult it was all about experimenting with materials. Then I moved to NYC in my early 20’s and spend over a decade working my fingers to the bone. New York has a tendency to do that to you, it takes as much as it gives. I really learned how to work hard there. But I was also very solitary in my practice. Now I am living in Los Angeles and my studio practice has become more community focused. Along with my partner Sean Noyce, I co-direct an exhibition space in Hollywood called Noysky Projects. Our mission is not only to show reactive art but to give opportunities to artists who are making more experimental work.
Can you give our readers some background on your art?
My creative process is compulsive but the trajectory is organic rather than linear. Sometimes the pieces are as foreign to me as to a viewer confronted with them for the first time. They are born with intimate orifices or as tubular worms. Most people relate to the work by comparing it to dipping dots, rocks or nests but undoubtedly everyone is drawn in by the tactile nature of the work.
The work is feminine and the materials are chosen to be a stand in for the body. The idea is to subvert a man-made product into an organic form. The particles are cellular in nature, some are life bearing eggs while other are cancerous mutations. The work is as much about birth as death.
In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
This feels like a particularly draconian time, and not just for artists. I think we’re all feeling the squeeze. But one particularly big struggle is a dearth of affordable space in the city. Artists are good at finding solutions but are also in turn taken advantage of by developers. It feels like a losing battle, but as long as there is money to be made we’re going to be pushed to the fringes but don’t seem to be especially welcome there.
What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
Thanks to Erika Hirugami of Curator Love, I have artwork for sale on artsy, if you are so inclined you can purchase the works here: artsy.net/artist/katya-usvitsky/works.
In addition, get on the Noysky Projects mailing list and visit us during exhibitions. We curate, invite guest curators and host exhibitions quarterly, while using the space as a studio the rest of the year. You can make an appointment and come see my work there any time we don’t have a show up as well.
Lastly, as part of my practice I make jewelry, so if you’re in the market for a wearable soft sculpture, contact me.
- Address: Noysky Projects
6727 ⅞ Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
- Website: katyausvitsky.com
- Email: Katya.Usvitsky@gmail.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/katya.at.the.studio
img 01: Untitled, 2017, nylon & fiberfill, 10 x 7 x 1 inch
img 02: Untitled, 2017, nylon & fiberfill, 12 x 8 x 2 inches
img 03: Wearable Sculpture
img 04: Untitled from the Polymorph Series, 2013, nylon & fiberfill, 3 x 3 x 7 inches
img 05: Untitled from the Polymorph Series, 2013, nylon & fiberfill, 1 x 3 x 1 inches
img 06: Untitled from the Polymorph Series, 2013, nylon & fiberfill, 5 x 4 x 4 inches
img 07: Mama, 2011, nylon & fiberfill, 27 x 18 x 21 inches
img 08: Self Consumer, 2012, nylon & fiberfill, 22 inches long x 8 inch in circumference