The Polish multidisciplinary artist and designer Marcin Rusak once said that art often puts us in an uncomfortable position when it comes to thinking and, especially, to change. He himself certainly has no fear of change, although he unconsciously tries to slow the process down as much as possible, but his thoughts are the most lively and mobile part of who he is. Duality is one of his personality traits.
The evident beauty of flowers, his favourite “material” to work with, is nothing other than a stratagem with which he endeavours to preserve and modify something that follows its own inevitable course, in a living catalogue of decaying botanical matter that is an ephemeral and unsettling gothic garden. It is composed of vases, chairs, lamps, sculptures and other pieces created with organic floral materials “suspended” forever in a state of decline.
Marcin Rusak, who was born in Warsaw and returned there after periods of study in Holland and England, is now focused on “without brackets” the ghostly abandoned 18th century Swidno Palace an hour’s drive away from the Polish capital, which he has chosen as a centre for his work. “Many of the things here speak of decline and conservation and what lies between them, and it’s true that it can be unnerving…” says Rusak. In the run up to seeing his 8 new unique pieces for the Carpenters Workshop Gallery on show in Paris in October, Marcin Rusak talks about himself.