Katarzyna Depta-Garapich is a visual artist based in London and through her work she explores the relationship between art and utility. Those investigations examine ‘use value’ of art, the intersection of art and society, re-emergence of collective approaches to art making, artistic work and rediscovery of the rural seen from perspective of complex contemporary gender dynamics. In her sculptural studio work she often plays on contradiction between ‘useful’ and ‘useless’ and involves found materials or objects that lost their functionality through dismemberment. Her practice takes a variety of forms including sculptural objects, site-specific installations or performative gestures, collaborations and curatorial projects.

Currently she is a practice-led PhD candidate at the Slade School of Fine Arts. She studied sculpture at Wimbledon College of Art (BA 2010) and at the Slade (MA 2012). Residencies include: Grizedale Arts Artist Re-orientation, Lawson Park, Cumbria (2013); Henrietta Barnett School, London (2014), Tatra Museum, Zakopane, Poland (2019), Grymsdyke Farm, Buckinghamshire (2019). In 2015 she curated Karen Guthrie and Grizedale Arts project House of Ferment for ArtBoom Festival, Kraków, Poland. Selected exhibitions include: Matter of the Anthropocene, Centrala Gallery, Birmingham (2020); Simple Gestures, BWA Katowice, Poland (2020); Re-Domesticated, Grymsdyke Farm, Buckinghamshire (2019); Handiwork, Władysław Hasior Gallery, Zakopane, Poland (2019); Near Thing, APT Gallery, London (2018).

Education

From 2017

Practice-led PhD

The Slade School of Fine Art UCL London

2019

MPhil

The Slade School of Fine Art UCL London

2012

MA Fine Art Sculpture

The Slade School of Fine Art UCL London

2010

BA Fine Art (First Class Hons)

Wimbledon College of Art UAL London

1999

MA History of Art

Jagiellonian University Kraków Poland

 

Selected Exhibitions and Events

2020

Melancholia, Freud Museum, London UK

Matter of the Anthropocene, Centrala Gallery, Birmingham, UK

Simple Gestures, BWA Katowice, Poland, curated by Marta Lisok

2019

Matter of the Anthropocene, Mathare Art Gallery, Nairobi, Kenya

Comfort Zone, project shown at Second Colleex Workshop, Cieszyn, Poland, supported by Malcolm Hughes Research Bursary and and the Jean Spencer Memorial Bursary

Re-Domesticated, Grymsdyke Farm, Buckinghamshire, UK, supported by Polish Culture Institute London

Visions of Protest. Blake the March, The Slade School of Fine Art UCL London

Sharing Borders, The Slade Research Centre UCL London, supported by London Arts and Humanities Partnership

Handiwork, Władysław Hasior Gallery, Zakopane, Poland

One Hundred Sheep, Tatra Museum, Zakopane, Poland

2018

Arte Util Working Group, Calthrope Projects, London, UK, supported by London Arts and Humanities Partnership

Near Thing, APT Gallery, London, UK

Little Clown, My Heart, Arthouse1, London, UK

2015

Village Table, Coniston Institute, Lake District, Cumbria, UK

House of Ferment, ArtBoom Festival, Kraków, Poland, supported by Polish Culture Institute London, KBF and Arts Council England

House of Ferment, Science Gallery London, supported by Arts Council, England

Unexpected Encounters: Katarzyna Depta-Garapich and Stanisław Wejman, Belmacz Gallery, London, UK

2013

Colouring the Invisible, curating Julia Vogl project, ArtBoom Festival, Kraków, Poland

2012

In Paradisum, Richmix Cinema, London, UK

Threadneedle Prize 2012, Mall Galleries, London, UK

Subject to Change. Perspectives from UK Based Polish Artists, Kursaal Space, Southend on Sea, UK

Videoooooh, The Slade Research Centre UCL UK

Polish Contemporary Artists Film Screenings, Richmix Cinema, London, UK

Modern Madonna’s, St George’s Arts Centre, Esher, Surrey, UK

2011

Deep Cuts/Last Measures, Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Greenwich, London, UK

Print and Design Now!, SW1 Gallery, London, UK curated by Julia Alvarez

Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Gallery, London, UK and touring nationwide, selected by Iwona Blatzwick, Rachel Whiteread and Tim Marlow

Bloomsbury Festival, London, UK

2010

Volume and Void, Wimbledon College of Art Sculpture Studio, London UK

Taking a Line for a Walk, Sculpture Project Space, Wimbledon College of Art, London, UK, selected and curated by Soraya Rodriguez

YPA, Metal Gallery, Southend on Sea, UK

2009

Dimensions of the Present Moment, The Tunnel Gallery, Tonbridge, UK

Residencies

2019

Grymsdyke Farm, Buckinghamshire, UK

Tatra Museum, Zakopane, Poland

2013

Artist Re-Orientation Residency, Grizedale Arts, Lake District, Cumbria, UK

2013 - 2014

Artist in Residence, Henrietta Barnet School, London, UK

2011

Merz Barn, Lake District, Cumbria, UK

Conferences

2020

Art and the Rural Imagination, speaker; Arts University Bournemouth in partnership with The Tree Houses, New Forest, UK

2019

The use-ful-less-ness of the experiment. Anthropology and the Assembly of the Unexpected, speaker; Second Colleex Workshop, Cieszyn, Poland

Sharing Borders, co-organiser; The Slade School of Art, UCL, London, UK

2018

Inter-Nation, speaker; European Artistic Network, Grad Cam, Dublin Institute of Technology, Dublin, Ireland

Impacts of Gender Discourses, Polish Politics, Society&Culture, speaker; SSEES, UCL, London, UK

2014

In Search of Public Space, seminar and book launch of Where the Beast is Buried by Joanna Rajkowska, speaker; SSEES, UCL, London, UK hosted by eMigrating Landscapes