The primary focus of Mishkovsky’s poetry is nature and spirituality, both of which permeate the visual language Kadas employs in her work. In pieces on display, Kadas uses circular forms as metaphors for the natural world and angular shapes as symbols for the synthetic man-made world. The juxtaposition of geometry with organic structures creates an imbalance in the compositions that represent discomfort and void. The outcome references Immanuel Kant’s (1724-1804) aesthetics that were based on the premise that humans perceive themselves outside of the natural world; therefore, all their creations are artificial. This viewpoint generated a duality not only between humans and nature but also between nature and art. The exhibition is a reflection on the personal and social values that may induce environmental depletion and interruption in the movement toward a more sustainable existence.
Szilvia Kadas is an assistant professor of Graphic Design and Digital Media at SUNY Cortland. Kadas received an M.F.A. in graphic design and printmaking from the University of Arkansas. In addition, Kadas earned a Ph.D. in human and community development with a concentration in sustainability and design ethics from West Virginia University as well as an M.A. in Art History. Kadas' research deals with the Anthropocene and reexamines conventional values of art and design. Dr. Kadas believes design has social, cultural, and environmental responsibilities beyond its commercial value; therefore, her work explores the concept of sustainability and the ethical ramifications of design.