Meet a Lab Assistant: Ursula Sokolowska

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Tell us about yourself. How long have you worked as a Lab Assistant at LATITUDE?

I’m Ursula Sokolowska. I was born in Krakow, Poland and immigrated to the US when I was about five years old. I studied photography at Columbia College Chicago then transferred to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I completed my BFA. I currently reside and work in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. I am an Artist, Photographer, Lab Assistant at LATITUDE (since May 2017!) and I work in Cloud Services at a tech-startup called iManage. 

What ideas, materials, or people sit at the center of the work you do?

Challenging myself to see things in a different way and experimenting with various materials. Maybe it’s a disposable camera, a projector or multiple images used to create one. It’s easy to get comfortable in a pattern you create for yourself and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I just like the discovery of something different. 

Tell us about your art making process. How do you make art? What environments do you make art within?

I use photography (film and digital) with projections (35mm slide projector) and various light sources to examine consciousness and objectification. I take photographs throughout the day and later digest what I have captured. Sometimes it can take me 10 minutes to create something I love, sometimes it can take two years. Persistence within my practice is something I strive for. 

List five things that changed the way you look at/make images?

  1. A photography lighting class I took at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with Lewis Toby.

  2. Assisting Photographer Barbara Crane.

  3. Filmmakers such as Jonas Mekas, Stan Brakhage, and Kenneth Anger.

  4. Chris Marker’s work

  5. My Grandfather

What is a question you have for your viewing audience?

What is it about an image that holds your attention?

What's good in Chicago right now? Or what else are you currently into: art, film, music, food?

LATITUDE, of course! The Museum of Contemporary Photography is always worth a visit. I’m looking forward to their upcoming show, Lucas Foglia: Human Nature

I really like Handlebar for various vegan food and sometimes dessert from Pie, Pie, My Darling. 

Link to website and Instagram:

www.ursula-sokolowska.com   @ursula_sokolowska