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Springing Up Collaboration with Kaisa Ozga

Recyclable materials can go a long way. And recyclable materials are just what the students of Kettle Moraine School for Arts and Performance are using to build an innovative sculpture on the grounds of Carroll University in Waukesha. Visiting artist Kasia Ozga has joined a group of thirteen art focus students to design a sculpture to showcase the issue and history of water in Waukesha county (“Spring City”) and have spent the past 2 weeks constructing the sculpture. “It is great to see the process artists go through when designing their work...Students see and are involved in the research, interaction with the community, and learn how the artist uses found materials,” said Mrs. Angelique Byrne, an art mentor in KM Perform. It was her idea to collaborate with Kasia on this installation, and she is excited to see the concepts used relating to this community, with her students, and at her alma mater.” On the first day, Kasia told the students, “Make art. Don’t stop.” Then a strong creative bond was formed between current artist and future artists.

Kasia Ozga was born in Warsaw, Poland, and has since lived in Berlin, Springfield, Glenview, Boston, and Krakow. She now works between Paris and Chicago, exhibiting her work in 5 U.S. states and 10 different countries. Her pieces often reflect back on the community, and are “constantly influenced by the world around me. These days, I research the location in which the work will be shown and try to learn about the social history of that site. I then brainstorm ideas that can be produced using locally available materials, with various project partners,” Kasia said.

Research played a huge part in the brainstorming for the sculpture. The students visited the Waukesha County Museum to see the Waukesha Springs Exhibit and look through the museum’s collection of documents and photos relating to the springs. Then the students visited one of the old springs still intact and really developed a feel for what the experience of going to a spring back in the late 19th century was like. “It was this grand experience, and people came from all over to vacation here,” said student, Morgan Loiselle.  

The sculpture will be built and displayed along N East Avenue on the Carroll University Campus.

You can view Kasia Ozga’s work on her website:  


Natalie Giombi

June, 2015