Katherine Stanek, contemporary figurative sculpture in concrete and steel
Technique : My work is constructed in concrete and steel. Techniques vary from direct modeling in cement over a steel armature to cast stone. Colors and effects are achieved with pigments, marble and other additives to liquid mixtures.
Katherine Stanek is a graduate of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in Philadelphia. Stanek was introduced to the traditional sculptural process during her study at the Academy, and developed a series of work in bronze with integrated concrete bases. Intrigued by the versatility of the concrete, she began to explore the medium further. After years of self study Stanek began to develop her own mixtures and formulas enabling her to manipulate the material in a way that works with her personal aesthetic and is uniquely her own, modeling the cement like clay, casting like plaster and carving like stone. The result is a sculptural image that reflects the energy of the entire process and the changing characteristics of the material.
This marriage of content and craft has gained the attention of collectors and artists alike. Her work has been featured in many publications including the premier international Sculpture Review Magazine published by The National Sculpture Society. Throughout her career, Katherine has been recognized with several awards including the prestigious Pennsylvania Academy Fellowship Trust Award for her body of work and The George and Helen Segal Foundation grant. Having traveled to Turkey to share her tools and techniques with an international audience, Stanek is now a sought after instructor for modeling and casting in cement.