In Fertile Fragility, I explore the precarious relationship between environmental conservation efforts and the desire for human flourishing, made possible by access to cheap reliable energy and materials. I created this exhibition in a state of heightened anxiety and vulnerability brought on by the global pandemic and exacerbated by tense political debate. The sculptures and installations in this exhibition, Scoured Equipose 1 - 11, are inspired by rock balancing, an art form that exemplifies a harmonious collaboration between humans and Nature. The materiality of this work marries the human with the non-human: earth-originating plaster is molded and scoured by hand and is juxtaposed by manmade foam, patinated by the elements. The plaster, meticulously molded and sanded, is a material often associated with the mending of broken bones and healing. The brain-like egg shapes symbolize the potent potential of new life, energy sources and ideas. - Basia Goszczynska
Brooklyn-based artist, Basia Goszczynska, explores environmental and waste issues through a variety of mediums including sculpture, installation, performance, social practice and new media. She has presented her work in numerous exhibitions including at Pintô International, Arcadia Earth, Chashama’s Space To Present, the Mid-Manhattan Public Library and OCAD University. Her most recent commissions include large-scale sculptures for the launch of partnerships between Mohawk Group and the Ocean Cleanup as well as Corona USA and Oceanic Global. She has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as the Ray Stark Film Prize. Her work has been featured in the New York Times, Forbes, Vogue, ArtNet, Curbed, and Time Out, among others. 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.