“(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
I am a Polish-Canadian artist living in Toronto, with a 2014 Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Ontario College of Art & Design following a prolific 12 year period of experimentation with public art making and presentation. In 2016, I attended two self-directed residencies: Un poco del Chocó – Nature Reserve and Biological Field Station in Ecuador, and Esperanza Verde wildlife and forest conservation project in Peru’s Amazon basin. In 2018, I explored “connection(s) between science, art and the natural environment” at LABVERDE, a Brazilian residency in the Amazon rainforest; developing and presenting my work at the Proyecto’acePIRAR residency in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 2020, I completed and exhibited new work at the Owl Ridge Acres residency residency in Bancroft, Canada and Corazon residency in La Plata, Argentina. In 2020 with the support of the Ontario Arts Council I installed and documented “Biotic / Mechanic Pump V.2” an immersive video installation at Ed Video Media Arts Centre. In 2022 at RaumArs in Suomi (Finland) I will collaborate with the community developing art about possible futures of the human relationship with nature.
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.