Marina Kuchinski

Artist Statement

This work is about our relationship with animals; specifically, animals that we eat. We live with animals, try to communicate with them, name them, but at the same time, we use and consume them as if they were objects. The ambivalence of this relationship is one that is sometimes difficult to acknowledge as present. I explore the lack of connection between the house pet that is a member of our family and the chicken that we serve at the dinner table. Is a dog’s life more valuable because it is considered cute and shows more affection towards us? Why are we outraged by dogs living in cruel conditions and used for food in Asia, but are not bothered by chickens treated the same way in the US? The meat sold in grocery stores wrapped in plastic is not perceived to be related to the animal moving about in its natural habitat. I am interested in the cultural and psychological distinctions we make about what we can and cannot eat. These conflicting attitudes toward animals are sources for contemplating the complex roles animals have and the challenge they present to humans. I intertwine word play with tangible pieces to create a relationship and commentary of physical presence versus physical space. Using objects and deconstructed storylines, I explore the often emotionally-wrought consumption decisions we make.

Please Don't Call

ceramic, aluminum dish, ink, 8" x 6" x 3"

$60

Love You But I'm Not In Love With You

ceramic, wooden drawer, ink, 12" x 8" x 4"

$300

Biography

Marina Kuchinski is a visual artist practicing in ceramics (handbuilt and slip-casts), mixed media and installation. Animal and human subjects are used to explore various political, social or psychological issues. Kuchinski exhibited extensively throughout the United States and abroad in solo and group exhibitions, including The State Museum of Pennsylvania, The Plains Art Museum, San Diego Art Institute, European Cultural and Technological Centre in Slovenia, Beit Aharon Kahana in Israel, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Kohler Arts Center, AfroAmerican Cultural Center, and featured NCECA exhibitions, including the NCECA Biennial. Publications include Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Art and Perception, The Boston Globe, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. earned her BFA from Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem and her MFA from Penn State University. Kuchinski is a Professor of Art at the College of DuPage, living in the Chicago area.