Artist in Residence
Alice Gadzinski’s sculptural work is an examination of authenticity, a Sisyphean pursuit of an “original.” She explores ideas of taste and the pressures of social performance, examining the present through past "camp" iconographies. Influenced by the point of identity formation when childhood pretending evolves into adulthood denial, Gadzinski uses elements of the The Lawrence Welk Show to create work in a space between reality and fantasy. Each piece demonstrates a guilty pleasure in the artificial and the construction of female identity. In revealing the norm as artifice and facade, her work redefines social obstacles as a source of empowerment.
In 2016, Gadzinski earned her MFA in Sculpture from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Rinehart School of Sculpture, and her BFA in Photography from the Kendall College of Art and Design, Grand Rapids, MI in 2010. In 2015 she was a teaching artist at the American Visionary Art Museum, and a Graduate Teaching Assistant at MICA. While at MICA she was the recipient of the Perna Krick ’31 & Reuben Kramer ’32 Fellowship, a Graduate Research Grant, the Rinehart School of Sculpture Merit Scholarship, and MICA’s LAB Award.