Marek Liska (he/they), born in Slovakia, is a sculptor and craftsperson trained and based in Cardiff. As a ‘ceramic gardener’ they produce objects through sympathetic and playful interactions with clay. Rendering the inorganic material live. Producing sculptures and paintings cultivated into varied forms. Abstract self-portraits of their interaction with the world, creating and digesting.
They look at the ontology of growth that is fluid, adaptive, and connective. Capturing the transparencies of our physical and emotional worlds.
Rooted in tradition, Marek predominantly uses primitive clays and building techniques, in combination with traditional as well as experimental surface treatments. These allow them to harness certain rawness; accounts of our early primitive cultivation of either organic or inorganic thoughts and materials. The objects bridge the gap between art and design, sometimes functional, sometimes installation.
Working class, neurodiverse, and queer; their work tries to transcend borders and limitations. Imagining new realities and ways of interacting.