Parascenographic installation made of fabric and objects, conceptualised at the meeting point of painting and sculpture, juxtaposed with an audio play made with Bartosz Zaskorski (Mchy i porosty).
The starting point for the reflection on the natural-cultural ecosystem and Nature as the Other was a personal story, presented in a poetic text and an audio play attached to the work, in which the plant, the title ivy, becomes a parasite that feeds on humans. The story is inspired by The Colour Out of Space by H. P. Lovecraft, based on the concept of the unhuman, alien, strange force that appears in the form of a meteorite coming from outer space that one day lands on the farm belonging to the household. At first, all plants growing around are becoming unexpectedly exuberant and lush, glowing in an unusual color. Suddenly, everything caves in and dies. Finally, the strange force takes its toll on the human inhabitants who start going crazy and afterwards die as well. 
In my story the meteorite is replaced by the ivy, suddenly appearing in the garden and climbing up the gazebo's openwork wall. It is a strange Roundup-ready mutation of the parasitic plant that sucks the vital juices out of all the living organisms. It feeds on humans as well and takes away their memories and identity. The installation is an imaginary environment, a biosphere where nature and culture meet. A garden is a place where plants are undergoing various care and control treatments by human beings. The species are divided into those that are useful and wanted, and those that are to be eradicated. Various pesticides and chemicals are used to keep them in check. Penetrating the soil, they begin to circulate in the ecosystem, taking its toll on health. However, despite all the control, the garden still has natural processes, the cycle of life and death. 

OBLIVION IVY, audio play, 6'31", 2021

realization: Bartosz Zaskorski/Mchy i porosty
text and concept: Maryna Sakowska
voice: Aleksandra Komsta
translation: Wojciech Gronwald (by courtesy of Art Trafostation in Szczecin)

OBLIVION IVY, installation: audio play, textile, acrylics, branches, artificial branches, artificial leaves, paintings, wooden garden lattice, wooden garden fence, frills, pages from an old book about science for kids, piece of plastic transparent tube, a story and probably something more, because it's big and a lot of stuff, circa 3x4,5x1 m

OBLIVION IVY, installation: audio play, textile, acrylics, branches, artificial branches, artificial leaves, paintings, wooden garden lattice, wooden garden fence, frills, pages from an old book about science for kids, piece of plastic transparent tube, a story and probably something more, because it's big and a lot of stuff, circa 3x4,5x1 m


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