Gosia is a Toronto-based sculptor who constructs porcelain busts of contemplative female forms from a variety of materials: ceramic, polymer gypsum, resin, porcelain. Her first experiment with the new medium is contained in her current solo exhibition, Beneath the Surface, at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia. The work is an imperfect cast that Gosia details in the text below:
“Imperfect is one of those ‘happy accident’ pieces,” she explains. “My intention for it was completely different, but when it came out of the mold it had an indentation on the left side of the face. It made me think a lot about the world’s obsession (and my own) with perfection and what we might be missing because of it. It felt good to let go of control and for once let my art do its own thing.”
Other new works include Overflow, a female figure inside of an elongated cube. The subject’s long hair flows into the pedestal’s depths. Two other pieces are named Beneath the Surface, and were designed with the combination of opaque and lucid materials. The sculptures’ faces are made by translucent resin, making it appear as if each have dipped partially underwater.
“It is an absolute thrill and pleasure to sculpt. Just as the final pieces have more dimension so does the experience of creating them. With every new figure I fight an internal “battle” of staying true to my posing model and creating someone from my imagination. The result ends up somewhere in between with elements inspired by neo-romanticism and fantasy.”