The Waste Land by poet T.S. Eliot describes a waste land filled with fragments of a romanticized past and the attempt to gather the fragments together as a way to remember and preserve them. Although these fragments are scattered and only remnants of what they once were, Eliot suggests that they are worth collecting and storing against our own battered and fragmented ‘ruins’ – implying that we, not unlike the collected fragments, are and have only ever been ruins. This work by Sosnowski embodies the feeling of fragmentation, preservation, and nostalgia in relation to memory.
Kasia Sosnowski is originally from Calgary, Alberta. She grew up in the mountains digging holes. She climbed on rooftops and lived in rivers. She collects small things, moments, memories and covers them in an inch of dirt to preserve them. Quick to move and jump, her body has become a testament to curiosity.
She moved to Lethbridge in 2007 to pursue a degree in Art History and Museum Studies at the University of Lethbridge but also completed a Bachelors degree in Studio Art in 2014. She recently finished a preparatorial practicum at the Walter Phillips Gallery in Banff, but currently lives and works in Lethbridge, Alberta.