Artist for Day 1 – TRICIA BUTSKI
Tricia Butski is an artist and educator living and working in Buffalo, NY. Trained in traditional drawing and oil painting, Butski holds a BFA from SUNY Fredonia (‘13) and an MFA from the University at Buffalo’s Department of Art (‘15). She is currently a Resident Artist at Buffalo Arts Studio and an Adjunct Instructor at SUNY Fredonia and Erie Community College, teaching courses in drawing, painting, and design. Through drawings rendered in charcoal and ink, Butski’s recent work examines issues related to memory by exploring its limitations and aestheticizing the instability inherent in portraiture. By challenging the boundaries between representation and abstraction, and questioning the relationship between fluctuation and constancy, the works become entangled and distorted, mirroring the viewer’s innate desire for clarity and their proclivity for drawing meaning out of partiality. The work becomes fragmented through a conceptual procedure that corresponds to the experience of forgetting the semblance of the face, the body, and the subject.