I want to draw attention to this sculptor because she asks questions about identity, representation and our place in the world through her work with wood, where I ask similar ones through my work with words.
You can see her sculptures and installations on her website www.christinekowalpost.com.
This photo is from her 2003-2004 installation ‘Twelve Witches’. In this work she is asking questions about identity and difference. As she says on her website:
My witches explore ideas about ‘the other’, insiders and outsiders, the familiar and the unfamiliar.
She also says that they are ‘an effort towards understanding‘. I like that way of thinking about the creative and theoretical work we produce, the research we do, the blogs we write.
A lot of her work explores gendered representations of female identity, such as in ‘Amazons’ and ‘Strong Women’. These sculptures give me another way of thinking about myself as a woman, as a self that is a particular human body. Her sculptures embrace aspects of womanhood that are mostly hidden away from daily images of what it is to be a woman.
In her more recent work ‘They think they are fallen angels’ (see website) she is asking questions about our place in this world, about our relations with the other species we share this planet with, and our views of ourselves as a ‘noble’ species. Taking Milton’s ‘Paradise Lost’ as one of her starting points she has created an installation that invites us to see ourselves from a fresh perspective.