good grief

good grief: Kasia Sosnowski

June 7 – July 26, 2019

Opening Reception

Friday, June 7 @ 8PM

Stride Gallery
1006 Macleod Trail S.E

grief moves things that could clog or fester or stick it is heavy and cannot be easily dislodged it moves slowly grief is a wound – it can heal but the poison must be sucked clean if it’s ignored then it can rot – you can sit with it but not for too long you have to move with your grief – carry it like a bundle over your shoulder

shake it loose

               rattle it around

                                roll it over your tongue.

I’ve been grieving the woman that I thought I had abandoned – a loss of self. I had to cut away the parts that were tied to the shoulders of others – I was surviving only through echoed postures and inherited words. I was a pale imitation. grief is good when it is used to heal, to mourn, to travel through oneself, to grow. it recognizes loss or absence – it can be a celebration, an acknowledgement of something that’s gone.

                                                                                                                 a recognition

Kasia Sosnowski’s practice focuses on bodily understanding as an alternative mode of comprehension. They are especially interested in phenomena that aren’t easily carried onto our lips or into the world–the things in-between language. good grief is a project focusing on growth that stems from grief especially as a catalyst for both positive and negative transformation.

Sosnowski’s negotiation through grief, anxiety, and mental recovery are directly tied to their art practice as a means of articulating difficult or innate narratives.

Stride Gallery is located on the traditional territories of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Blackfoot Confederacy (comprising the Siksika, Piikani, and Kainai First Nations), the Tsuut’ina First Nation, and the Stoney Nakoda (including the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley First Nations). The City of Calgary is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region III.

Photo Documentation by Nicole Kelly Westman.