Beginning in the late summer of 2017, Karen Bondarchuk began marking the passage of time that her mother, diagnosed with dementia in 2010, could no longer track. For 365 days, Bondarchuk produced “a crow a day” on hand-cut, gessoed panels. Comprised of these individualized images, all of which are linked by a common thread, the resulting project articulates both the notion of time lost (and lost time) as well as the distinctiveness and transitory nature of each passing day.
Organized by the Woodson Art Museum, the exhibition A Crow a Day has been presented at the University of Saint Francis, IN, and the Woodson Art Museum, WI, in 2016; at Union College, KY, in 2018; and the Brinton Museum, WY, and the Huntington Museum, WV, in 2019; and at the Dennos Museum, MI and the James Museum, FL in 2020.
About the artist
Karen Bondarchuk, a Canadian visual artist living and working in the United States, has exhibited widely in the U.S. as well as Canada, England, France, Italy and India. She has received numerous national and international residencies including: Stadt Salzburg in Salzburg, Austria; Moulin à Nef in Auvillar, France; VCCA in Amherst, VA; and Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL. She has received honors and awards for her artwork in the United States, including Master Artist at the Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, WI, and her work is in the permanent collection of the National Gallery of Canada, the Woodson Art Museum and many other public and private collections. Bondarchuk received her MFA in sculpture from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, and her BFA in sculpture and video from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (NSCAD) in Halifax, Canada. She is a professor and foundation coordinator in the Frostic School of Art at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, MI.
This exhibition was supported in part with funding from Western Michigan University’s Faculty Research Travel Fund and the Gwen Frostic School of Art Faculty Development Fund.
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