Hello and welcome to my page, I am a Ceramic Artist
At the age of 9 Otto Kamensek was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and spent most of his working years as a buyer for the local electronic industry. After numerous surgeries he retired from work and became an artist and arthritis advocate. He has been in the ceramics area for the past 20 years and an arthritis advocate for the last 22 years. As the Ceramic Artist in Residence at PoMoArts (Port Moody Arts Centre) from 2013 until 2015, Otto completed two bodies of work for the exhibitions “Shards, Bone Deep” in 2014, and “Dave, an Unexpected Tale” in 2015. In addition, he had a 2006 solo exhibition there titled “Is it the Box… or what might be inside”. In early 2020 Amelia Douglas Gallery presented “Shards Bone Deep” and an accompanying artist talk. Otto has also participated in many group exhibitions.
He became an Emeritus board member of the Arthritis Research Centre’s Arthritis Patient Advisory Board, formerly known as the Consumer Advisory Board (C.A.B) of which he spent 9 years as a working member and Past Co-Chair. In this role, he worked with researchers as a collaborator on multiple research projects, public speaker, helped create a role for people with arthritis in the research field.
Samples of my work
It is my goal to create conversation on what art and health care can offer one another. I would like to create ten to twelve ceramic works that are related to my health and how it has personally affected my body and the world around me. This, I hope will give a more rounded perspective to the general public and greater insight to health care professionals on what it might be like to live with pain and the emotions surrounding it.
My ceramic style leans toward the figurative and to the texture that I always seem to add. I am not sure where this comes from, but it just does not seem to be finished if I do not do this.