Justin Zielke is a Kansas based sculptor, installation artist, and adjunct professor. He has earned a BFA from the University of Kansas and an MFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design. The mediums he works with are typically casts from clay, wood, found object, or digital. His works are currently being exhibited at the Mary R Koch Arts Center. He has been the recipient of the Koch Cultural Trust Grant and the Kansas Creative Arts Industries Commission in partnership with the Vernon Filley Museum of Art.

Artist Statement:
We spend our entire life working with and associating with objects. We bind ourselves emotionally to the things we surround ourselves with for various reasons; whether it's for the purpose of making a living, or for fulfillment, a life becomes indistinguishable from the objects repeatedly interacted with. I explore this relationship by allotting a moment to develop between a sculpted figure and a found object. The objects I choose influence the visual representation of the human form and serve as an allegory for the emotions we experience while questioning the quality of time spent in life.



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