Artist: Katrina Lasko
Size: 58" x 17" x 9"
Medium: Wood, Ceiling tile, Paint
I Wish I Had a River
This body of work is ongoing. It has become a personal biography of my family and friends and every person. It speaks to loss and unfulfilled dreams. Working with a boat form, I have built this series on thoughts of escaping, and conjuring a sense of floating away on dreams of something different, something better.
I began the series when my youngest brother died. He had been working very hard to finish a house he had been building for years. He wanted to finally sell it and move to a warmer climate (Washington state to the Southwest)). He died before he accomplished his dream. I was overcome with a sadness of losing him, but also for his personal losses. The title of the series is uses words from an old song by Joni Mitchell…I Wish I Had a River I Could Sail Away On.
Because there is no real escape from what life deals us, the boats are often presented in a fragile state. They are unfinished, in disrepair, abandoned, ruined, discarded…. They will not get us to where we want to be. It seems as if this is an ode to tragedy, but it is simply about life.