Local artist Kasia Pawluskiewicz has an exhibition of her paintings and prints at Heritage Distilling Co in Roslyn, WA through July 2023.
The exhibition presents ten contemporary figurative oil paintings and a large collection of Japanese-style Gyotaku fish prints (see below) of sea creatures caught over the last ten years of Kasia’s career as a chef aboard luxury yachts, research and cargo vessels from the Bahamas to the Arctic circle.
The artist is available for story telling and tours by appointment at 206-295-8227.
About Kasia. After working at sea as an artisan chef on luxury yachts, research & cargo vessels, local artist Kasia Pawluskiewicz traded her fins for hooves transitioning to Cle Elum and a life of mountaineering. With a degree in sculpture and painting from Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts her passion for creativity never dull, even when holding the busiest position of chef, aboard dozens of different types of ships, managed to find the time for Gyotaku – a century old traditional form of Japanese art, fish printing. The fishermen would apply sumi ink to one side of a freshly caught fish, cover it with rice paper and rub to create an exact image of this fish.
In her exhibition at Heritage Distillery, Kasia’s unique fish prints complete a collection of the salty and sweet sea stories and adventures, from the Bahamas to Arctic Circle, all printed at sea.
Kasia recently moved to Cle Elum and created a home with art studio. A few contemporary figurative works are also on the walls, expressing deep contemplativeness with vibrant color, representing women in the forms of looking out upon distant horizons with worlds of wonder within the paint. The textures of which are the variety of waters and flowing nature abound with sleek blue and green calming hues vs the roughness and age of weathered old research vessels, rusty yellows, orange and reds. The common concept throughout her paintings is ‘looking outward.’ The most recent series is the “Echo Series,” having already lived what seemed a whole life at sea, returning to land only to find the echo of herself in places she wandered when she was just a wee landlubber.
Click here to see a video from this exhibit.