April 19, 2021
Rhythms of Nature is the latest exhibition at (Not) Sheep Gallery and features work from artists Deborah Griffing and Christine Kosiba. This body of work focuses on the patterns, or rhythms, of everyday life by both humans and animals, and how the past tumultuous year has affected those rhythms. Kosiba is a new artist at (Not) Sheep Gallery whose work focuses on life cycles and the never-ending energy within these cycles. We had the chance to speak with her about her inspirations and the story she hopes to tell through her work.
What is the main inspiration behind your work that is showcased in this exhibition?
Everything is in a state of transition, and in this transition are rhythms. Rhythms surround us; in the ebb and flow of tides, in the changing of seasons, in the phases of the moon, in birth and death, and in decay and renewal.
What story do you aim to tell through your work?
I hope my work speaks to finding balance and an understanding that we are interconnected with all living things. Our desire to exploit and transform our ecosystems not only compromises the health of our bodies and planet, but I also believe it compromises our spirit and state of mental health.
Why is clay sculpting your preferred medium of art, and when did you start practicing it?
I have been modeling clay since I was a little girl, beginning with Play-Doh and clay from a riverbed. As a public school teacher, I utilized clay in my classroom as both a therapeutic and recreational medium. I have worked with various mediums, but always come back to clay. It is a powerful muse; tactile, grounded, malleable, and responsive.
Can you describe what your artistic process was like?
I tend to work organically. When ideas come to my mind, I try not to overthink the concept, but begin with a quick sketch or, more commonly, jump into the sculpting process. Each piece is hand sculpted from clay and I utilize various surface treatments, incorporating underglazes, slips, and stains. I often fire multiple times to achieve depth and richness of surface. I will add found objects if they enhance the piece and narrative.
What kind of impact do you hope to have on your audience?
As an artist, my hope is that my work resonates and encourages one to pause, contemplate, and reflect on the natural world and the understanding that we are all interconnected, a part of the world; no less, no more.
Your work is being shown alongside Deborah Griffing’s work in Rhythms of Nature; what would you say your works have in common, or do they enhance each other in some ways?
I have recently been introduced to Deborah’s wonderful work. It is rich in narrative, which is something I find important in my own work. Her pieces are thoughtful and layered.
What do you enjoy most about having your work showcased in the Short North Arts District?
I had never visited the Short North Arts District before delivering work to (Not) Sheep Gallery. I knew it was a vibrant, wonderful community, and was excited to experience it first hand. I very much look forward to the next visit.
Rhythms of Nature is currently on view at (Not) Sheep Gallery, which is located at 17 W. Russell St and is open for a Short North Safe experience. For more information about contactless parking and other options, visit the Parking & Transit page.