Marina Kuchinski

Artist Statement

The domesticated canine has a long-standing relationship with us and the technological world we create. Dogs exists in environments that are designed for our needs, not theirs. We continually strive to control and tame them to fit our desires. However, dogs too have adapted and learned to indulge in the comfort we created for ourselves. These are now the established environments of dogs, previously associated with wildness. They became dependent upon us, demonstrating both acceptance and opportunistic impulses.

In my recent work, I have been investigating how the dog’s adaptability has become instrumental for human necessities and longings. It explores encounters of intimacy and comfort, and at the same time, reveals power dynamics that effects the behaviors of both humans and dogs. Altered roles of the dominant and submissive, strong and fearful, powerful and powerless, serious and comical are examined as we strive to control any wildness remaining both in the domesticated canine and within our own nature. A contradiction that may be characterized by both intimacy and exploitation continues to evolve and alter our attitudes toward each other.

-- Marina Kuchinski


Marina Kuchinski was born in Latvia and raised in Israel where she earned a BFA in ceramics at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. After moving to the United States, she completed her MFA in ceramics at Penn State University. She has been an active practicing artist and a Professor of Art, teaching ceramics and drawing at the College of DuPage in Illinois. Kuchinski has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally, including many NCECA sponsored exhibitions and the NCECA Biennial. She received numerous grants and awards including a Jerome Foundation Fellowship and a McKnight Residency Grant, juried and curated exhibitions, and was a guest artist at a number of colleges and universities. Kuchinski has been an artist-in-residence at the Kohler Arts Center, Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Chester Springs Studio, and the Northern Clay Center.