Karina Kalvaitis majored in sculpture at the Alberta University of the Arts and later studied theatre prop building at the Banff Centre in Alberta. She has shown work in solo and group shows in Canada and has her sculptures in private collections across Canada, the United States, and Australia.
In addition to her work as a sculptor Karina also works as a scenic artist and prop builder for the theatre. She has lived in Victoria, BC on traditional lək̓ʷəŋən (Lekwungen) Territory since 1996.
“These sculptures are created in small limited edition “litters”. Small differences between them make each individual unique. The wool bodies are made with a combination of needle felting and wet felting. They are stuffed with wool and glass granules, often over a wire armature. Heads, nails, and small details are made of various clays and mixed media.”
Hybridizing features from various animals and plants has created a world of creatures that are both familiar and strange. These silently expressive oddballs act as metaphors for our own states of mind, conveying vulnerability, stoicism, happiness, uncertainty, wonder, and hopefulness. Like people without the armour of artifice and culture, they nakedly engage with the world in ways that are beautiful, awkward, and loveable.”
Artwork by Karina Kalvaitis