The first thought was floral compositions on fire. In his artistic practice, Bartek Arobal Kociemba refers to floral themes in relation to both: the Western tradition of botanical illustration and ikebana, the Japanese art of plant arrangement. Still lifes, flower compositions, and their representations have always been full of meaning. Drawing from them, the artist adds new symbols, corresponding to contemporary dilemmas. When creating works, he dives into an intuitive process where plants represent particular areas affected by pain. The presented drawing installations, the video, and art objects refer to pollution in the environment: water, air, and soil, and also touch on spheres of social violence: racism, chauvinism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism. Drawing from rituals of various spiritual that use fire as a symbol of sacrifice and purification, the artist seeks to propitiate providence and incite the perspective of a new beginning.
photo Morza Studio