Jonathan Kusnerek


    Jonathan Kusnerek is a queer, interdisciplinary artist inspired by wild, strange, and magical things. He grew up in Pensacola, Florida where he developed a love for nature and the outdoors. After being introduced to ceramics at Pensacola State College, he continued on to earn a BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2014). He is currently working towards an MFA in Ceramics at the University of Notre Dame (2022).

    Artist Statement: 

    My work wanders between different constructs of nature as inherently good, inherently evil, and all the delicious messy gray areas in between. This manifests in references to folklore, sacred objects and various codes of iconography. I am particularly focused on the enchanted forest as a queer space outside of the confining structures of society where the strange, secret, and magical occur.

    I am interested in themes that complicate the construct that humans are separate from nature; opting to depict entangled imagery. Finding ways to disrupt binary categorizations through a queer folkloric lens.    

     The vocabulary of forms I am using are inspired by reliquaries and ceremonial objects. I am interested in how the sculptural object and its painted surface can play off of each other to create relationships of harmony or dissonance not only within a single piece but within the larger body of work.  

    Narrative imagery is codified through symbolism to reflect experiences related to queerness, grief, hope, fear, pleasure, and longing. / @jkusnerek

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