Fluidity: Identity, Memory, Matter
Katya Izabel Filmus is an Israel-born artist, whose formal art education involved full-time study as a sculptor, mould-maker and ceramicist. She studied for 2 years at the Tel-Aviv Art Centre and for 4 years for a BFA at Bezalel Academy of Art & Design in Jerusalem. After graduating in 2002, she was offered a job in a glass studio in Israel: a non-profit organisation dedicated to the rehabilitation of youth at risk, selling glass products made in the factory throughout Israel and the USA. In 2009 she moved from Israel to the UK to take an MA at the University of Sunderland which she accomplished with Distinction. In 2010 her project 'Pain Killers' was purchased for the Tyne & Wear Museums Contemporary Glass Collection. She was awarded a grant by the Stanley Picker Trust and a representation in their London Collection. Her studio was based at the National Glass Centre, Sunderland, UK where she produces her sculpture and undertakes bespoke casting commissions. These include 15 Stag Head casts for William Grant, Glenfiddich Whisky for international airports; sculptures for the Royal Victoria Infirmary hospitals in Newcastle Upon Tyne and AkzoNobel. In 2018 Katya moved back to Israel. She now lives and works in Tel Aviv.
Katya’s work investigates themes such as memory, identity, time, place, body the correlation and relationship between them. Some of the pieces are inspired by autobiographical memories, some seek to activate the viewer's memory, and some rely on the ability of the medium to carry and preserve memories. These works reflect on the part all memories play in the construction of national and personal identity. A major part of Katya’s work involves and is inspired by the body, if it’s by the process of making art and the encounter in the material world, or by the use of the body as an image or as a container in order signify the pivotal role our body plays as a place and as an interface with the world.
Learn more about Filmus and her art: https://www.katyafilmus.com/