Can you say a few words about what’s it like to be living and working in Berlin?
Jerzy: I moved to Berlin almost exactly three years ago. Before, I lived in Warsaw, my home town, which I still love very much and visit very often, but I realized the possibilities for me to grow there are limited. So just after coming back from my residency in Japan I moved to Berlin and I couldn’t be happier. The city, and this was my primary concern, enabled me to live and work at my own pace. This was not possible in Warsaw. I sunk into my studio work. I don’t really have much to say about the local art scene, I didn’t get involved intentionally in it, as I was a bit tired of the scenes in general. there are though a lot of things happening in Berlin all the time, it’s hard to keep up, but I always try to check things I’m interested in, most recent being the Berlin Biennale.
How would you describe your work and what are your main influences?
The core theme of a lot of my works circulates around heroes, or maybe it would be better to say antiheroes or even no-heroes as there is nothing heroic about them. The people (like Alice from wonderland and Gregor Samsa from Kafka’s Metamorphosis) or entities (Golem) or places (Warsaw) or even things (revolving doors) that confuse or are confused themselves. That are out of place. Its super interesting to try to understand how they behave when they don’t know what they are doing or what they really are. I have special connection with the feeling of being lost. Not to get lost myself, I had to be very organized in my work. So my approach is more like an architect’s or an industrial designer’s, except my pieces are not mass produced, they are made to mimic that.
What made you want to become an artist?
I don’t really remember exactly when and how it came to be, but when I was a kid I was very much in to comics and visual storytelling so maybe this had something to do with what I’m doing now.
Its super interesting to understand how antiheroes behave when they don’t know what they are doing or what they really are.
How do online platforms influence the way you expose your work and connect with collectors?
I have a webpage where people can see my works, but I prefer direct contact in person. The same applies to collectors.
What is next on your artist career calendar?
I have some projects I’m currently working on, but I’m one of those types that don’t talk about unfinished works. However, I have some exhibitions coming up in Warsaw, Paris and here in Berlin.