About

Artist's Statement

This series of works has evolved from my long lasting interest in photography and from my passion for life sciences.  I explore an abstract view of the origins of life, attempting to visualize overpowering forces that compel the natural world to create and develop life. My art depicts transformation from organic matter to living organisms, where simple life forms emerge from the darkness, bursting with light and vibrant colors. I started a photo-based art project “Light Forms” after stumbling across an old, long forgotten visualization technique from the field of material science. This technique utilizes polarized light to visualize stresses in solid, transparent materials subjected to deformations. Very quickly I realized that modifying this approach to employ organic gels – a softer and more malleable material – presented me with a medium of an enormous artistic potential. Using my biochemistry lab skills, I started experimenting. I have since discovered and applied diverse methodologies that transform amorphous, translucent organic gels into colorful, luminescent, three-dimensional compositions resembling living organisms. This conceptual transformation is realized through the gels’ conversion from liquid to solid that is physically influenced by steps such as heating, molding, arranging, sculpting, or stressing.  The otherworldly colors and light effects of the images are achieved by the use of polarizer filters.  

Biography

Exhibitions:

  • 2017    SONY World Photography Awards group exhibition, 21 April - 7 May Somerset House, London UK
  • 2017    Fringe Gallery show, London ON
  • 2016    "Light Forms" solo exhibition in Akasha Art Projects, Toronto
  • 2016    Unkle Collective Fine Art group show, London ON
  • 2016    The Artist Project Contemporary Art Fair, Toronto
  • 2015   “TEN” art photography group exhibition in Gallery 50, Toronto
  • 2014   “Origins” solo exhibitions in Galleria 814, CONTACT Scotiabank Photography Festival
  • 2014   “Illumination: An Exhibition of Fine Art Photography” group exhibition in Agora Gallery, Chelsea, NY
  • 2013   “Genesis” solo exhibition in Galeria Schody, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2013    Art show "Celebrating Art, Music & Performance”, Vancouver

Awards and Distinctions:

  • 2017   Curiosity Collider, Vancouver BC, invited talk "Art. Science. Transmission"
  • 2017   Shortlisted for the D&AD Next Photographer Award, London UK
  • 2017   Winner of the 2nd Place, Canada National Award, 2017 SONY World Photography Awards
  • 2017   Shortlisted in the Nature category of the Open Competition, 2017 SONY World Photography Awards
  • 2016   9th Place, Overall Winning Category, All Photography Art Competition, Light, Space & Time Online Art Galler
  • 2016   Winner in the Special Merit Category, All Photography Art Competition, Light, Space & Time Online Art Gallery
  • 2016   Finalist, Photographer's Forum Magazine
  • 2016   Winner in the UNTAPPED Emerging Artist competition, The Artist Project, Toronto
  • 2016   Image selected for the F-Stop Magazine Issue #75 Wonder-Full
  • 2016   Image selected for SNAP! Silent Auction, Toronto
  • 2015   Artwork featured on the website of Akasha Art Projects, Toronto
  • 2015   Honorable Mention, Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA) Fine Art-Abstract Category
  • 2014   Honorable Mention, International Photography Awards (IPA) Fine Art Abstract Non-Pro Category
  • 2014   Light Forms image selected for the Macro assignment story, National Geographic
  • 2014   Grand Prize, Second Annual Bayfield Fall Foto Fest

 Publications:

  • 2017   Image published in May issue of Practical Photography Magazine, UK
  • 2017   "Old technique brings light to art" by Joe Belanger, The London Free Press
  • 2017   "Image shines light on London artist" by Joe Belanger, The London Free Press
  • 2017   "Shaping the Origins of Life with Elzbieta Kurowska" image story published by Faculty Magazine
  • 2016   "Ela's Worlds" documentary screened at the 25th Annual St. Louis International Film Festival
  • 2016   "Ela's Worlds" received the Best Documentary award at Go West Fest Short Film & Screenplay Festival, Oakhurst, Yosemite
  • 2016   Image published in no 7 July issue of fotoMAGAZIN, Hamburg, Germany
  • 2016   Image selected by major Toronto events website toronto.com to advertise CONTACT Photography Festival.
  • 2016   "Ela's Worlds" documentary nominated in the category Best Documentary under 45 min at the Second Annual Northern Virginia International Film & Music Festival
  • 2016   Featured in Toronto Guardian “10 Artists That We Can’t” Keep Our Eyes Off”
  • 2015   “Ela’s Worlds”, a short documentary film about the Light Forms project created by Vera Neverkevich (filmmaker) and Ela Kurowska (artist), PUTORANA FILMS

Future events:

  • 2017   Unkle Collective Fine Art show, London ON

Experience - photography:

  • Development of Lightforms gel photography technique since 2013
  • Art photography projects, travel photography

 Experience - science:

  • Over twenty years of research in the field of biochemistry
  • Forty five peer reviewed papers published in scientific journals
  • Three patents

 Education:

  • Ph.D., Biochemistry
  • M.Sc., Biochemistry