I am a Polish sculptor currently working and living both in England and Poland. I have experience in many mediums as stone, wood, bronze casting, metal welding, ceramics.
A lot of my works are displayed in public places in Mexico, where I lived before and realized a sculptor's project in El Jardin de las Esculturas in Xalapa, Veracruz, as a Mexican government scholarship. I was responsible for holding workshops with local people, indigenous groups, of all ages and backgrounds, engaging them in the realization of the project. In Poland, the final piece of my graduation work from the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków ( Cracow ) was on public permanent display near the Jagiellonian University.
In 2005 I obtained the Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award, gaining the membership and exhibiting sculpture works in RBS Gallery in London.
Sculpture is a means of expression, among others. This one, however, is difficult and specific. For me, it is the one that has appealed to me the most, not as a result of a deep thinking, but intuitively - language, form of communication, way of life. I am at the beginning of my way, struggling to learn about the chosen form. My sculptures are to express ideas, but very often, they are simply forms of expression, work over the material, the form, rather than the content. These are the equivalent elements for me, essential and complementing one another. I hardly ever work conceptually, starting with an idea and making a form out of it. Sometimes it is the opposite- it is the wood or the stone that suggests the final shape and the ideological 'casing' is thought of later, should the need arise.
The process of creation is open. It is an experiment. The result is impossible to be predicted. The only thing one can choose is the direction. This is exactly what I like about it -uncertainty and surprises. At the same time, I want to have the power over the process of creation to give it a sense, using the most adequate sources which hit the heart of the matter, to create the general character. It is the receiver that matters, who should make his/her own judgment or even spell it out.
My view of the world is subjective that is why I do not try to analyse it, but to express my feelings and impressions and to share them with my audience. This is the reason why it is necessary to look at my work as a whole, to treat it as a road and the particular sculptures as its elements. Despite the fact the sculptures do not make a series, for me, each one is the continuation of the previous one, its evaluation, the step ahead.
Inspirations? Mainly a man, or rather, people - what they are like, the relations between them, similarities and differences. Culture is something derivative for me. Culture moulds the man, but it is the man that creates it. For me, the best form of education is seeing and getting to know various, very often, quite different cultures and appealing to them. By the confrontation with another, exotic world, I can find a lot about myself. The co-operation with people grown up and shaped in totally different conditions, whose lives are based on different values (though the universal ones stay the same) gives the chance to look at oneself from a different perspective and to verify one's own views. It is the travelling, experiences, contacts with other people that are the inspiration. The aim is to learn about the man (and myself). Sculptures are the attempts to grow accustomed to the material, i.e. the wood or the stone. Furthermore, it is the way to learn about the soul of the material, its rules, moods, advantages and disadvantages, its possibilities. It is not just a means of transferring a message. Sculpture is a bit of an experience, a play and at last, but not the least, the preparation for further work.