Entry Title: "I Followed When We Separated"
Name: Katie Zychowski , United States
Category and Expertise: Still Life|Deeper Perspective, Student


Entry Description: My collection metaphorically considers whether persons are bound to one another naturally, if we are coupled, paired and grouped innately. Using flora and delicate foliage I contemplate the thought that humans, like verdure, possess inherent connections and questions if plant-life longs for one another when they exist apart. I contemplate whether the human species could be similar to that of a plant or seed that even when they are taken by the wind, carried off, separated and transplanted they still hold a connection to a particular collection that grows just as they do.

Story: I have never been alone. I have never been a single, a separate, a one; never existed as an only or lived without a parallel. I was born a twin, and because of this I have always existed as a double, connected to another, bound by and to my brother. Recognizing the bond I share with my sibling, has allowed me to consider other relationships I hold and has caused me to question whether or not these attachments are perhaps deep-rooted relationships. My collection metaphorically considers whether persons are bound to one another naturally, if we are coupled, paired and grouped innately. Using flora and foliage I contemplate the thought that humans, like verdure, possess inherent connections and questions if plant-life longs for one another when they exist apart. I contemplate the idea that the human species could be similar to that of a plant or of a seed that even when they are taken by the wind, carried off, separated and transplanted they still hold a connection to a particular collection that grows just as they do. It is necessary for me to recognize and consider the relationships I have collected, to contemplate a bond I have never been without, and to suppose that these kinds of connections are innate. I am observing that even the most natural beings flourish amongst those they connect with, and I too thrive on the company I keep.

About the Artist:

Katie Zychowski was born in Norway, Michigan. She recently finished her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Kendall College of Art and Design in Grand Rapids Michigan where she currently resides. Her focus in fine art is the photographic still life. Her recent body of work metaphorically considers whether humans, like verdure, possess inherent connections to their kind and questions if plant life longs for one another when they exist apart.