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Paul Kotula

Why? | Plate 1 ¾” x 11 3/8″ x 10″ ½ , Vase 4 ¼” x 5 ½” x 5″ and Drawing 14″ x 17″ | Glazed stoneware, pencil on cut paper | 2017-2020

Artist Statement

Paul Kotula is best known for his ceramic tableware situated at the intersection of art, craft, and design. It is often combined into complex settings or tableaux that explore a range of intimate human experiences through the commonality of dining rituals and domestic life. Using various hand building processes he instills objects with multiple histories – from those in the fine and decorative arts to lived experiences.  In doing so he both celebrates and questions the complexities of our time while embracing the tenets of the Slow Movement which “advocates a cultural shift for slowing down life’s pace.”

Artwork/s at the following locations:
Collected Detroit

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Artists stipends made possible by Kresge Arts in Detroit

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About MR/QD

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is an art exhibition in June 2022 devoted to 77 years (1945-2022) of Detroit LGBTQ+ art 

The exhibition presents a month-long historical examination of the diversity of the LGBTQ+ community and its longtime allies, featuring established & emerging Detroit artists, as well as artists whose careers were shortened by HIV/AIDS.

Mighty Real/Queer Detroit is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization committed to promoting positive and meaningful images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community through artistic and intellectual means. © 2023. All Rights Reserved.