The exhibition shows a shift in the artist’s practice in terms of medium, but also in negotiating space between diverse, contradictory and coexisting bodies of works she has made so far.
At first glance, AZ’s practice seems to be full of twists and turns. With a careful look she steers away from a predictable path, creating works that share her distinctive visual language across all media she has worked with so far; painting, photography and sculpture.
AZ currently works with one-off hand-built ceramic sculptures. Her work seems to be at odds with times they are made in. Figurative, relic-looking, simple in form, minimal forms that have a presence and feel deliberate. Playful works – with at times, funny titles – are executed with economy. They could have stepped out of a cartoon or been unearthed as an ancient artefact.
Aleksandra Zawada is an artist based in Edinburgh, where she has lived since 2006. She studied in Scotland (at ECA, graduating in 2011) Japan (as a student exchange, 2009-2010) and Italy (artist-in-residence, 2013). Since then, she has worked across painting and photography, with her most recent practice shifting towards sculptures in ceramics.