Kate Rusek is a visual artist whose sculpture and installation considers the connectivity between people, material culture, and the natural world through Craft. Influenced by complex natural forms, man-made environmental catastrophes, and societal systems, Rusek assembles highly tactile sculptures that require close inspection and invite inquiry into material history. Her work transmutes human influenced material into natural forms. The juxtaposition between the natural and the unnatural is a key element to Rusek’s work. The use of synthetic and highly processed elements are of particular interest, especially when one considers their remarkable lifespan and persistence in the natural world. Rusek’s work is meticulously assembled contrasting industrial excess with delicate hand wrought treatments, as a method of posing questions about perception, history, and the valuable.
Rusek received dual B.F.As from The University of Miami in 2007 and an M.A from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2012. She has exhibited her work at venues throughout New York City including La Bodega Gallery (2017), Chashama Pop-Up Galleries (2015-2017), Governors Island Art Fair (2016), and Portal Art Fair (2016). Her work is in private and public collections including The Chashama Foundation. Additionally, Kate Rusek is a Daytime Emmy nominated designer and builder of costumes, puppets, and props with freelance and commercial clients including The Jim Henson Company, NBC Universal, Netflix, and the greater New York City performing arts community.
Rusek is currently based in New York City and working from her Brooklyn studio.
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