2017
2017
Creative Non-Fiction
2017
Furniture Design supported by the David Collins Foundation
2017
Live Art supported by the Yoma Sasburg Estate
2017
Jazz Composition supported by PRS for Music Foundation
2017
Furniture Design supported by the David Collins Foundation
2017
Live Art supported by the Yoma Sasburg Estate
2017
Live Art supported by the Yoma Sasburg Estate
2017
Jazz Composition supported by PRS for Music Foundation
2017
Creative Non-Fiction
2017
Essay Films
2017
Furniture Design supported by the David Collins Foundation
2017
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2017
Jazz Composition supported by PRS for Music Foundation
2017
Live Art supported by the Yoma Sasburg Estate
2017
Furniture Design supported by the David Collins Foundation
2017
Jazz Composition supported by PRS for Music Foundation
2017
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2017
Essay Films
2017
Essay Films
2017
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2017
Creative Non-Fiction
2017
Creative Non-Fiction
2017
Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation
2017
Essay Films

Marcin Rusak

Materials Innovation supported by The Clothworkers' Foundation - Shortlisted 2017

Marcin Rusak is a multidisciplinary artist interested in ideas of value and ephemerality. Descended from generations of flower growers, he is fascinated by flowers, a key material in his work which he uses to embody his “philosophy against current saturated material culture”.

Flora Temporia (2015), features flowers cast in black resin. They are given a little air so that they gradually shrink away from the resin, allowing light to fill the void and creating objects “with a poetic, ageing characteristic” says Rusak.. In another process, Flora Perma, resin is then cut, revealing cross-sections of unique, fossil-like patterns which form the surface of coffee table-tops or lamp stands forming permanent pieces.

Rusak’s Perishable series (2014-) comprises objects made from perishable materials, like flowers and beeswax. Just like everyday objects designed to become obsolete - phones, cars etc - the objects in this series melt, collapse and rot through natural conditions.

Rusak’s work in sustainable design won him a Moving Minds: Sustain RCA Award (2015). He also participated in the What Is Luxury? exhibition at the V&A (2015), and gave a talk ‘Luxury? Frankly, I Don’t Give A Damn’ at Ravensbourne the following year.