Finding The Pieces

Kat Grabowski

Artist Statement

Created in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the Master of Fine Arts degree at Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Finding The Pieces is a photographic series that utilizes two contrasting methods of production (staged narrative on large format film and informal compositions on specialized 35mm film) to portray a gathering of young women in a secluded cabin in the woods.

This series alludes to the presence of nature and its connection to womanhood, however the focus is on the interior cabin environment which acts as a sanctuary that allows the women to exist outside the constraints of performative, conditioned behaviour, offering insight into the vulnerabilities and intimacies of the female experience.

Finding The Pieces, MFA Thesis Work, 2020

4×5 & 35mm film, 40×30, 50×40, 8×10

Five women in a room
Arm holds back curtain in old cabin

Gallery view of Kat Grabowski thesis show
Kat Grabowski, Finding The Pieces, 2020, Installation image, Micheal O’Brian Commons, Vancouver, BC

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Kat Grabowski is a Master of Fine Arts graduate from Emily Carr University of Art + Design and has a BA in visual arts and design from Trinity Western University. Her photo-based practice is informed by her personal experience with organized religion and conditioned ideologies. Utilizing a multiplicity of photography formats, she aims to explore her position as a female photographer who contributes to the consumption of women’s images while also undermining and complicating standardized and stereotypical versions of the female narrative. Kat also runs a freelance photography and graphic design business named Art + The Aerialist which specializes in wedding documentation and design support for small businesses.
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