For the creation of these works I cannibalized my clothes: I used the various fabrics and textures to conjure flesh, bone gristle and slabs of fat in life-size sculptures of livestock carcasses. The material connects our bodies with the ones in the work, bringing violent acts into a familiar realm. My intention is to confront the viewers with the real and grotesque nature of violence, offering a context for reflecting about the vulnerability of our physical existences, brutality, poverty, consumption, and the voracious needs of the body.
Tamara Kostianovsky was born in Jerusalem, Israel in 1974 and was raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She received her undergraduate degree from the National School of Fine Arts “Prilidiano Pueyrredon” in Buenos Aires, Argentina (1998) and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia, PA (2003). She was awarded fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2009), Socrates Sculpture Park (2009), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2008), and The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts (2005). Ms. Kostianovsky also received space grants from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (2008) and Artist Alliance (2009). Tamara Kostianovsky currently lives and works in New York City and is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts.