“(There was) an experiment with special glasses that made users see everything upside down and backward. Soon their minds adjusted and they began to see the world ‘normally’ again. After a few weeks, when the glasses were removed, the subjects again saw everything upside-down and had to relearn the vision they had taken for granted before.” Lila: An inquiry into morals. By Robert M. Pirsig
“Ecologists call this kind of retrospective amnesia the “shifting baseline syndrome,” by which diminished resource is passed on to a new generation for whom it becomes, in turn, their original estate.” The Once And Future Great Lakes Country. An Ecological History. By John L. Riley
Since the 2010 British Petroleum Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, I have been thinking about how to respond to the environmental catastrophe which is unfolding. Through research I became interested in exploring the connection between perception and value systems so as to contribute to a paradigm shift in how we understand our relationship with the biosphere. To manage the complexity of issues related to this I found it helpful to look at the world through the lens of process. By looking at the mechanisms which continually shape landscapes, such as ecosystem services, governmental policies, technology, economy and urbanization, I hope to highlight the positive and negative impacts of humans on the biosphere. I want my work to be informed by the history as well as the present moment of a place in considering not only what the place will be like in the future, but more importantly what do we want it to be like.
I am a Polish-Canadian artist living in Toronto. I received a diploma in Drawing & Painting from the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) in 2005 later pursuing a variety of projects from street vending to impromptu perpetual-performance-sculpture-installations. I returned to OCAD University in 2014 to complete my Bachelor of Fine Art, taking the opportunity to continue my investigation of environmental issues. In 2016 I attended 2 self-directed residencies: Un poco del Chocó – Nature Reserve and Biological Field Station in Ecuador, and Esperanza Verde a Wildlife Rescue Centre in Peru’s Amazon basin. In 2018 I was selected by LABVERDE, a residency in the Amazon rainforest exploring “the connection between science, art and the natural environment” further developing and exhibiting my ideas at Proyecto’acePIRAR in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2020 continued my research, developed and exchibited new work at the Owl Ridge Acres residency in Bancroft, Canada and Corazon residency in La Plata, Argentina where. The COVID pandemic pushed my YYZ gallery show and #HASHTAG gallery installation into 2021. I am currently scheduled to start a 3 month residency in 2021 at RaumaArs in Suomi (Finland). I will be working with the community to connect local history and myth in relation to human relationship with nature toe a potential future where we have to rely on technology to replace collapsed ecosystem services.