Bio / Statement

Stacee Kalmanovsky, b. In 1981 in Belarus and immigrated to Chicago with her family in the late 1980’s, She attended UIC for her BFA (2004) and UChicago for her MFA (2012).  She has lived in Mundelein since 2013 where she founded the Art Room, an art school for children of all ages.  She has recently joined Positive Space Studios as the Mundelein Art Advisory, where she is focused on highlighting and elevating local artists.  Her art practice centers around drawing, collage, installation and sculpture. 

I am interested in how a gesture can exude mood and meaning, and the power that lies in attracting, repelling, returning and inverting the gaze.  The body is a vessel, a source of pain and delight. My aim is for my sculptures and collages to embody an attitude and emotion, to create a physical and psychic response in the viewer through affect.  I believe objects harbor a secret intelligence and that parts can signify a whole.

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