Mike Gesiakowski Biography
Mike is a native of Chicago, having grown up on the city’s south side. He attended Northern Illinois University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Design. He has also studied as an apprentice for Simon Levin at Mill Creek Pottery in Gresham, WI. Mike is currently a MFA candidate in ceramics at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.
Mike Gesiakowski Statement
I am interested in investigating the degradation of the artifacts and the environment of the industrial landscape. I am drawn to the corroded and weatherworn objects that were once vital parts of our society. Industrial architecture and its environment influence my work. I take cues from aged buildings, structures, tools, and signage. The brick reds and carbon infused blacks that saturate the walls of factories, the colors of sun damaged signs and components left to the elements provide the surfaces I look to emulate. My hope is to capture some of the essence of these objects and present them in an engaging way to the viewer.