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Basia Goszczynska
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Brownsville



ARTIST STATEMENT: Proposing a new response to land art and reinstating craftwork into the political, I redress the value of discarded objects through sculpture, installation, new media, and performance. In so doing, I explore the psychological and emotional dimensions of our relationship with our waste and with nature.

My palette consists of colorful and durable manufactured materials that I source from trash and recycling bins or off beaches and roadways. I also crowdsource materials from environmental activists who I connect with online thanks to hashtags such as #beachcleanup and #marinedebris. In this way, my process is a vehicle for environmental interventions that allow me to both envision and enact a more just and sustainable future while engaging my community in the creative process. Once in the studio, much of my practice is still that of handwork: processing and re-imagining these immensely tactile materials with an approach that is both experimental and methodical.

My work serves to make all the facts that we think we already know, about global warming and pollution, stick more imaginatively in our minds. Though I sometimes fear that endlessly celebrating isolated examples of reuse and recycling risk becoming masked denial—as if upcycling were enough to absolve us of responsibility and put an end to our massive trash problem—I ultimately believe that art has the potential to play an important role in bringing about environmental and social justice by provoking important conversations and engendering in us the empathy required for us to take action.

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  • Haul 1 - 3 (installation view)
    2017
    marine debris
    dimensions variable

  • Haul 3 (detail)
    2017
    marine debris
    7’H x40”W x 9’D

  • Haul 1
    2017
    marine debris
    4’H x 35”W x 3.5’D

  • Haul 2
    2017
    marine debris
    4’H x 35”W x 4.5’D

  • Spoils
    2017
    35mm slides, slide projector, marine debris, and found objects
    dimensions variable

  • Spoils (image 23 of 81)
    2017
    35mm slide
    dimensions variable

  • Spoils (image 3 of 81)
    2017
    35mm slide
    dimensions variable

  • Spoils (image 21 of 81)
    2017
    35mm slide
    dimensions variable

  • Rainbow Collection 11
    2017
    marine debris and used baby food jar

  • Trap 5 - 11
    2017
    marine debris
    dimensions variable

  • Trap 7
    2017
    marine debris
    16”H x 20”W x 8”D

  • Trap 8
    2017
    marine debris
    30”H x 18”W x 9”D

  • Trap 9
    2017
    marine debris
    16”H x 22”W x 7”D

  • Trap 10
    2017
    marine debris
    30”H x 20”W x 10”D

  • Trap 5
    2017
    marine debris
    24”H x 14”W x 12”D

  • Detour
    2016
    marine debris, used plastic bags, steel, sand
    11'W x 42"'H x 11'D

  • Detour (detail)
    2016
    marine debris, used plastic bags, steel, sand
    11'W x 42"'H x 11'D

  • Swell
    2016
    marine debris, cemetery dumpster flowers, used plastic bags, salvaged wire, aluminum, rubber, eps foam, cinder blocks, sand
    15'W x 10'H x 9'D

  • Swell (detail)
    2016
    marine debris, cemetery dumpster flowers, used plastic bags, salvaged wire, aluminum, rubber, eps foam, cinder blocks, sand
    15'W x 10'H x 9'D

  • Swell
    2016
    marine debris, cemetery dumpster flowers, used plastic bags, salvaged wire, aluminum, rubber, eps foam, cinder blocks, sand
    15'W x 10'H x 9'D
 








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