We are living in very interesting times. We have Coronavirus pandemic, lately, we have observed people fighting for their rights: Black Lives Matter in a US, LGBT & women in Poland. Do you think artists should engage or keep the distance and observe?
We are living in sad times. More and more people succumb to populism and do not respect nature. Sometimes I feel I would like to talk about it, but sometimes I feel I would like to run away. To escape into the world of sensitive and wise people. In this context, it is difficult for me to unequivocally say whether one should get involved or keep a distance. I want to talk about what is good in us, what connects people and does not hurt anyone.
Apart from politics and social movements, nowadays we also massive entertainment culture. Should artists follow pop culture and be up to date? What is your opinion regarding this matter?
Everyone should listen to the voice of the heart. Only being yourself and opening all your inner windows to the world will give us complete satisfaction. In life, you can follow what you want, with the flow or against it, however, you should always do it with respect to others and yourself.
On one of the photos, you have shared on Instagram, you’re sitting on an armchair with your dog reading a book. What was it?
I have read one of the collections of stories by Miron Białoszewski, “Chamowo”. Short, funny and lightly sketched images from life, without adornment, capturing the moment with photographic accuracy. I like this approach to creativity.
Can you also share, what are your favourite book titles?
I appreciate the work of Dorota Masłowska - in a powerful, emphatic way she talks about Polish reality, warning of what people lose and make them fall into all sorts of traps.
Have you ever approached an artwork that has changed your life or transformed you as an artist in some way?
I was very hugely impressed by the paintings of Mark Rothko. His works have enormously penetrating effects, they are strongly moving and touching. His art feels very close to me.
Can you give some advice to any self-taught artist out there?
It is important to be yourself and do what you love. To be patient and have a love for what you are doing. Do not block yourself and do not take any shortcuts. Believe in yourself. Curiosity, observation and respect for the environment will definitely bring satisfaction.
What is your favourite colour?
I don’t have a favourite colour also I don’t want to have one. I realize that there are primary colours, however, for me, there is an infinite amount of them, just as there are infinitely many ways in which people perceive reality. All these shades, tones, tints and colours are equally important to me.