“(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. After earning a diploma in Drawing and Painting from the Ontario College of Art and Design in 2005 I pursued a variety of projects from street vending to impromptu sculpture-installation. By exploring ways of connecting with people outside traditional art institutions led me to focus on the idea of change. I returned to OCAD University to sharpen my ideas finishing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2014. During this period I developed an interest in creating work about the human relationship with the environment. To get a better sense of what I was reading about 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. The residencies had a positive impact on the evolution of my ideas and work. 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 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.
My interests is in the role perception plays in constructing reality and how that reflects on our relationship and understanding of the environment. Looking at our surroundings through the lens of process, my work attempts to connect the visible features of an area with the natural and human processes which give it shape. I strive to convey the dynamic nature of place, not as a collection of individual elements but a complex interrelated network of relationships of which we are a part of.