“(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 my research I came to realize that I want to contribute to a paradigm shift in how we understand our relationship with the biosphere. I started to look at the world through the lens of process attempting to understand the natural and human systems which define its shape. In this way I set out to connect the present moment of a place with its history so as to consider what it could be like or more importantly what we want it to be like in the future.
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 I will continue my research and work at the Owl Ridge Acres residency in Bancroft, Canada and Corazon residency in La Plata, Argentina where I will also exhibit, with two later shows in Toronto.