Dakotah Konicek

Visiting Assistant Professor, Fundamentals

  • dkonicek@indiana.edu

Biography

I am a visual artist  raised in Lander, Wyoming. In 2004 I joined the US Air Force and ventured to Texas, Mississippi, Alaska, Japan, and North Carolina. After leaving the Air Force I returned home and received a BFA from the University of Wyoming in Laramie in 2012. I am a graduate of the MFA program at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. 

 

I tinker with things.  My work as an artist imitates invention with fundamentally irrational flaws examining the intersection between nature, man, and machine.  I investigate the interrelationships of these systems through sculpture.  As I build, I concentrate on the tenuous balance of parts in an orchestrated cascade of cause and effect.  These systems set up symbiotic relationships with contradicting master slave moments.  This suggested correlation reveals truths of the world around us and the various fragments we encounter.  Tensions between nature and technology become the focus to reposition our relationship with them.  I choose salvaged materials based on the practical application of their newly assigned function along with a playful exploitation of form.  Repurposing objects allows me to assemble new vocabularies.