Kaleena Stasiak studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto, Ontario and at l’Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, France. She has completed residencies at the School of Visual Arts in New York, New York and at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Kaleena has also participated in exchange programs at Atelier Graff and Atelier Circulaire in Montreal, Quebec. Her work has been exhibited in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Kaleena is currently pursuing an MFA in Printmaking + Book Arts at the University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia.
Stasiak’s artistic practice engages in material and textual investigation both inside and outside of the studio. Simultaneously looking through the lenses of artist, amateur historian, scientist, and cultural anthropologist, she explores methods of history consumption as a way to address the relationship between the past, identity, and craft. Her work critiques the notion of institution as bearer of unbiased facts and artifact as placeholder of truth through the subversive tactics of craft. Stasiak utilizes an assortment of haptic media such as printmaking, ceramics, textiles, and wood furniture as forms of creative democracy to scrutinize the ways individuals and nations construct identities. In the era of post-truth, fake news and alternative facts, she imbues objects with artificial authenticity in order to present parafictions that disrupt accepted beliefs, discourses and ideologies. The familiar is rendered absurd by tampering with cultural symbols and functional items that have one foot in the real and another in the imagined in an attempt to question collective memory and public trust. With levity and gravity Stasiak mirrors and distorts the past as a way to distance the present and offer hope for the future.