Spoils

by Basia Goszczynska Issue: Spring 2018

Artist's Statement

I explore my interests in global ecology, material culture, and crowd psychology through a variety of media, including sculpture, video, photography and installation. My process entails gathering washed-up man-made objects off beaches and culling materials from trash and recycling bins. Through my work, I confront materialistic capitalism and question its impact on the global environment and our collective psyche. In my studio, I clean and organize the detritus I gather and then experiment with strategies to reconfigure and transform it. My aim is to labor with the materials long enough so as to once again make them valuable, being careful not to conceal their prior histories and significance. My work embodies my desire to mitigate pollution, however futile the effort may be, and questions art's ability to affect change.

 



Basia Goszczynska

 

Basia Goszczynska is a Polish-Canadian visual artist who explores her interests in ecology and material culture through a variety of media, including sculpture, video, and installation. Her work has screened at numerous film festivals, including the Nantucket Film Festival, the Brooklyn Film Festival, and the Uppsala International Short Film Festival. She received an Arts Fellowship from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and has had her work recognized by Dave Bown Projects and BWAC. Basia received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. She currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.