Maura Zukina tests the physical boundaries of materials to explore a multi-layered sense of identity. Informed by her own history, the work invites a consideration of vulnerability, fragility of life, grief and healing.
Deeply rooted in the visual and haptic equivalents of damage, growth and repair, she aims to make tangible what is missing; acknowledging failure and destruction as essential to growth. With a focus on experimentation with ceramics and decomposing organic matter, sculptural and ephemeral forms elevate the discarded or overlooked to a position of value. Despite the intensity of her themes, Maura believes in the importance of playfulness, immediacy and non- resolution in her making while maintaining an undercurrent of the absurd. Ideas are explored through a metaphorical vocabulary drawn from many years engaged with the seasonal cycles of growth on her allotment.