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Kasia Sosnowski examines grief in new exhibit at Casa

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Local artist Kasia Sosnowski is a familiar face working at the Southern Alberta art Gallery, but she gets to show off her own explorations of the theme of grief at  Casa, with her new exhibit “Good Grief,” which opens tonight and runs until Oct. 19.
“Ninety per cent of the pieces were created at the kiln at Casa,” Sosnowski said adding she wanted to examine another side to grief with the exhibit.

Kasia Sosnowski opens her exhibit Good Grief at Casa tonight. Photo by Richard Amery
“ I had just broken up with my boyfriend and I had a death in my family which really affected me,” she said, adding the bright colour palette gives the them a lighter feel.

“ Grief is  challenging. There is a lot of sadness.  I used a lot of bright colours because I wanted to explore grief as a capacity for change,” she said.

 “ There is a negative side to grief and depression and sadness but I wanted  to do something more playful,” she said.

She used the kiln to create  dark red tear drops/rain drops as well as an assortment of body parts- mostly butts.
“There are lots of body parts and tons of butts because butts are really funny,” she said.

“There have been a lot of challenges and this is a way for me to deal with my feelings,” Sosnowski said.

There is a new exhibit of textile art in the Passage Gallery as Danin Lawrence’s “ No Guts, no Glory,: Crossing the Abyss Towards Intuition also opens tonight.
“ She has recreated an old photo album in textiles,” said Casa curator Darcy Logan.

“It’s about nostalgia and revisiting  the experiences  of the past,” Logan added.

 He noted the group exhibit upstairs focuses on Southern Alberta.
“It’s by the Alberta Society of Artists. It’s called a taste of Southern Alberta and a survey of drawings, paintings and photography,” he said.
Kasia Sosnowski’s exhibit “Good Grief also opens tonight  in the main gallery at Casa with  Laura Aljai and April Matisz’s Mommy, Mama, Mother , Mum.The opening reception is tonight,  from 7-9 p.m . Danin Lawrence’s  “No Guts, No Glory, Crossing the Abyss Towards Inhibition” in the main concourse and  a group exhibit in the Concourse Gallery from  Alberta Society of Artists  called the Best of Southwestern Alberta.
The exhibit is up until Oct. 19.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. beat Editor
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