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.