Iza Tarasewicz

BORN 1981, Białystok

Iza Tarasewicz (1981) - a sculptor, born in Białystok. She treats the creative process as a tool for acquiring knowledge, transforming it and putting again into circulation. She creates spatial objects and installations. They are subject to constant transformations, which provide new information. She draws inspiration from the philosophy of atomism, quantum physics and the theory of chaos. In her art work she uses simple materials, including organic ones, such as clay, gypsum, vegetable fiber, metal and glass, fur, skin and animal fat.
She is a graduate of the Faculty of Sculpture and Performing Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań. She co-created the Penerstwo group and was a winner of the Spojrzenia competition (2015). Tarasewicz took part in the 32nd Biennale in São Paulo and in the 11th Biennale in Gwangju (2016), the 16th Architecture Biennale in Venice (2018). She lives and works in Munich (Germany) and Kolonia Koplany (Poland).

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Iza Tarasewicz


2015 / plant fiber, silicone, metal / 190 x 180 cm / no. 0177 Creative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative CommonsCreative Commons Licence    Wróć

SKU (Stock Keeping Unit) is a type of storage unit used by traders to identify, organize and manage goods. In the artist's interpretation, the abstract code takes form of a three-dimensional, material object. SKU is made of transparent silicone straps with plant fibers set in them, hanging on a metal rod. The form, although abstract, resembles an overscaled bar code, or traditional colored stripes, hung in the doorways of contryside houses during church fairs.

Since the beginning of her career, the artist was interested in experiments with different forms of matter. Her first works incorported materials such as leather, bones, and animal fat, wax, salt dough and plasticine. Later on she started using plastics such as silicone, and natural materials used in the rural architecture of the countries of the global South – stone, clay, ash, rubber, plant fiber.

The issues of production and distribution of goods, referred to in the title Stock Keeping Unit – are strongly present both in Tarasewicz's art practice and her approach to work itself. The artist uses a kind of "artistic recycling" in order to minimize the use of materials. She often reuses parts of her earlier works in the production of the new objects. Iza Tarasewicz's art practice touches upon the artist's responsibility towards the audience and the environment, and the subject of overproduction – not only of consumer goods, but works of art as well.

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