"Der Klang der Süße. Ein süßes schönes Leben, also über eine kluge Tochter des Konditors”
"The sound of sweetness. Sweet happy life, so about wise daughter of confectioner"
In the project "The sound of sweetness. Sweet happy life, so about wise daughter of confectioner" I refer to the phenomenon of synaesthesia – the ability to simultaneously perceive. By referring to the taste of my childhood, I want to recall the history of my fathers workshop, where in 80s and 90s he was constructing ice cream machines and waffle makers by himself. I applied this phenomenon to object that I have aquired from the lab at my house. The central idea of my project is the idea of recycling: the recycling of materials, processes, of knowhow, memories, of style and status. The experiment with the recycling process led me through the analysis of systematic transformation (transformation in 89 in Poland), private and social histories showed by the objects. Drawing attention to the memories, thanks to which I make the analysis of my childhood senses, is the starting point of creating my works.
The taste of vanilla, chocolate, strawberries, the fragility of waffles, the sound of compressors – this are the associations I have with my childhood. In the grey Polish reality of the 80s and 90s my parents’ confectioneries seemed like an oasis of happiness. My father, a 50-year old engineer by education, confectioner by profession, was construing alone his machines: waffle makers, ice cream and whipped cream machines. In his kingdom everything could be useful. Thousands of screws, nuts, springs, turbines, which purpose I didn’t understand where the ingredients in his lab. With a craftsman precision, my father was building his machines, which gave the inhabitants of Bialystok an element of happiness.
"Everyone Has It's Own Snowflake", plastic spoons, 2016
Shopping mall Central neon in Białystok, 2016
When I go back to this place now, I can`t get over the amount of collected items: belts, covers, mechanisms are filled in his studio from the floor to the ceiling. Although it is here in this chaos that I find the inspiration for my new works. Can a normal mixer become a machine producing the sweet dust, which slowly dematerialise colourful ice cream topping? Or ice cream machine, which as the effect of the transformation shows a different states concentration of water. Fragile waffles after casting in resin are transformed into glass beads. The installation becomes something out of a Snow Queen fairy tale. Things that are leftovers, recycled, overused, those which have a taste of childhood, mystery and risk will be reused in my artistic laboratory. The materials used by me such as resin or Plexiglas will serve to show the heart of my mechanisms.
My father's workshop in Białystok, 2016
"Mysterious Shining Machines", models in gold paper, 2016
My operations involve the transformation of existing objects that I find in my fathers workshop. The objects created by me obtained a new life. Their new purpose is to denying their original psychology of everyday use. Through my creation I tell the family stories rather than create an “appetite” for new trends and “must have” objects. Mechanical and thermal engineering principles of construction I change into artistic anecdotes about flavours, states of matter, colour. Their transformation are based on my memories, photographs and articles from that time. In my work I focus on such an issues as a scale, the system of connections of the machines, their modification as well as sound understood as an effect of production or material than can hide, or reveal the function.
Me at my parents first flat at Piasta district, Białystok 1987
"Wish We Had Sweet Happy Life", paper cardboards, 2016
The machines created by me are subordinated to the laws of physics. The change of the scale of my previous actions from architectonical to a design allowed me to play with the everyday objects. Everything that seems to be useless I converted to timeless objects. The change of their original meaning and format enableme to experiment freely with their transmission and reception.