Hinting at a silhouette, a shape of reality defined through relationships (Part 2of 3)

Reserva Florestal Adolpho Ducke (Adolfo Ducke Forest Reserve). Watercolour, mud, bark and amazon foliage rubbings on paper. 22cm x 36cm. 2018.

3. Biotic and Mechanical Impression of Landscape

In autumn of 2018 I had an opportunity to return to Amazônia, this time on the Brazilian side, to be part of the LABVERDE residency. I was excited to share ideas with a diverse group of professional artists and scientists about ways art can communicate understanding of our relationship with nature.

Hinting at a silhouette, a shape of reality defined through relationships (Part 1 of 3)

Text-Image #4. Typewritten on paper. 20 cm x 20cm. 2020.


I think there is tremendous value in developing a consciousness of the dynamic and interconnected nature of things. In this essay I will talk about how my experimentation with depicting change in my art has influenced this idea and guided my artmaking. I draw inspiration form disciplines such as Art, Science, History and Philosophy, each providing a unique set of tools and language to think about and describe change. James Burke, Naomi Klein, Robert M. Pirsig, Lynn White and Alfred North Whitehead are some…

Wakan Tanka, Human and the Drowning Whale. Crayon on custom made paper, 152 cm x 92cm. 2011.

“Progress implies improvement, but man is always the same, confronting a situation that is forever changing, while choice always remains a choice in any situation.” Jean-Paul Sartre

The British Petroleum (BP) oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 felt personal. A gut punch of profit and exploitation to natural systems which sustain life, my life included. Through my research into the event, its causes and its broader context I came across a story told by Carl Safina on a TEDxOilSpill talk about a fisherman who encountered a dolphin drowning in oil and asking for help. That story hit…

About the first start

The first time I tried my hand at writing a blog in 2015 I wanted to “explore the notion of Art and/as Process” by addressing “different aspects of my creative process not shying away from the everyday mundane aspects of bringing a work of art to existence.” Thinking about process and how that applied to my views on art, having now been engaged in its production for 20+ years I still stand by my view that what I produce is “not a static object but one which shifts in form, meaning and interpretation.”

Which is one…

Andrzej Tarasiuk

Polish-Canadian artist interested in the connection between value systems, change and perception; the idea of nature defined through relationships and processes

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