B.F.A., School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Ms. Marta Wasko was born in Poland and from an early age, she was exposed to the cultural expressions of her people through music, folk arts and carvings.
Ms. Wasko studied at the Art Institute of Chicago, following her emerging interest in sculpture, after coming to the United States. She has worked in wood, stone, bronze, plaster and a number of other materials, developing various form-based and conceptual themes.
Ms. Wasko has developed another interest, as she studied and learned the English language - the relative and various meanings of language and the relationship between the concrete and abstract sense of words. Many new phrases in English fascinated her with their subtext meanings and she has explored the connected ideas in her sculpture. This direction continues to attact her. Some of the ideas have been developed as books to be presented as a sculpture. She sees strong contrast/connection between the reassuringly solid representation of sculpture and vagaries of text and language.
Ms. Wasko has shown her work in the Chicago Artist Project, Thomas Masters Gallery, Eyes on Pilsen, Around Coyote and Stray Show.