Photography by Ela Kurowska
November 12 – 24, 2018
Thursday November 15, 5 – 8 PM
“I am fascinated with the origins of life; especially the moment in Earth’s history when amorphous organic matter transformed into graceful, harmonious, awe-inspiring structures that we recognize as life. In my works, I attempt to mimic and visualize the process of creation of life by sculpturing small, biomorphic forms from soft, solidified, transparent organic gels stained with colors. I then subject these gel objects to gentle deformation and capture them in the cross-polarized light. Because some gels have the ability to show material stress in cross-polarized light, the resulting images resemble otherworldly life forms full of light, vivid colors and rich texture. I call them ‘Light Forms’.”
Featured photo: “Viridia” by Ela Kurowska
About Ela Kurowska
Elzbieta (Ela) Kurowska is a Canadian photographer and a biochemist. In her works she implements her science background to explore and visualize overpowering forces that compel the natural world to create life. Ela has presented her images at solo exhibitions in Toronto (2014 and 2016) and in Warsaw, Poland (2013), and participated in several juried and group shows over the last 5 years. She has received a number of prestigious awards, including the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards (shortlisted in the Open competition and the 2ndplace nationally). The story of Ela’s project has also been captured in the award-winning documentary film “Ela’s Worlds.”
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