Born 1989 in Wichita

Justin Zielke is an American sculptor living in Kansas. He completed his master's degree at the Savannah College of Art and Design in 2017. His recent exhibitions include CHET, a video installation at Welmont, a solo exhibition at the Vernon Filley Art Museum, and Mark Arts' Abstract National Exhibition.

During Justin Zielke’s master’s degree, he developed an understanding of temporality in experimental animation and since then has transitioned from the moving image into the still sculpture. The materials he works with consist of wood, clay, or found-object.  Although he remains cognizant of traditional values, his process is dependent on human error. It is within those moments of conflict, between tradition and accident, that he strikes a moment of inspiration. His work often depicts the human form but subjects the figure to a medium’s influence. The medium’s impact on the figure provides the viewer with a narrative of human experience.




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