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mk czerwiec

MK Czerwiec (pronounced sir-wick) was born and raised in Chicago. She graduated from Loyola University where she followed her passion for philosophy and literature, later pursuing a degree in nursing at Rush University. She started making art while working on the AIDS unit at Illinois Masonic Medical Center in Chicago, as a means to process the many dramas unfolding before her. She worked on the AIDS unit until its closing in 2000. Unable to find equally fulfilling work, and also inspired by her former patients, she decided to try making art full-time.

Her “architectural caricature” style, as seen in the illustrations in this body of work, emerged from a melding of her love of cartoons, line art and Chicago architecture. She previously has published two books of cartoons that draw on her days on the AIDS unit and on her everyday life experiences. She plans to attend graduate school in an effort to bring her work in nursing and her work in the arts together through the field of Medical Humanities.

Czerwiec’s art has been exhibited throughout Chicago and Southwestern Michigan. She has also exhibited at the Annual AIDS Update Conference in San Francisco. Inspired by the great Chicagoan Studs Terkel, Czerwiec says her art is intended “to reflect and aspire, rooted in the paradox that as humans we are infinite spirits housed in finite bodies, leaving us grounded, yet reaching.” The pieces that appear in this collection are an attempt to convey her awe-filled and colorful perceptions of Chicago.

MK recently completed a MA in Medical Humanities and Bioethics at Northwestern University and is currently represented by Studio b. Gallery.


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