Pestka resides in New York City where she draws daily inspiration from its unsurpassed cultural and artistic venues.
Departing her native Poland, the circuitous journey to America lasted a decade. Along the way, she called 14 cities home including Tokyo, London, Copenhagen, Madrid and Sydney. From the perspective of a local, she immersed herself in the unique and vibrant atmosphere of each diverse destination. Her keen eye led her to become a photographer.
Arriving in New York with a love of fine art, she enrolled at Manhattan’s renowned School of Visual Arts. Intending to further hone her photography skills, she pursued a broad curriculum including the study of silk-screening and metalwork.
At this time, Pestka’s career took a decisive turn as she discovered her true passion. It was in sculpture and etching where her talent found a natural home. She went on to embrace these domains as her signature technique.
The artist became intrigued by how metals could be melded to channel one’s deepest fears, hopes and desires. Feminine subjects are a recurrent theme in Pestka’s works, serving as a metaphor for her innermost sensibilities while propelling her to new heights of imagination and creativity.
Bathed in the spotlight of a gallery, the gleaming metal objects are beguiling from a distance. It is only when one draws closer that the jagged edges reveal themselves. Observers often comment that the works are evocative of the calibrated outward serenity of human emotions countered by the roiling undercurrent of tension raging within.