Basia Goszczynska is a Brooklyn-based artist working at the intersection of art and environmental activism. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. In addition to numerous group shows and film festival screenings, she has presented her work in exhibitions at Arcadia Earth, Chashama’s Space To Present, the Mid-Manhattan Public Library and OCAD University. She has received fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center and the Massachusetts Cultural Council as well as the Ray Stark Film Prize.
Inserting craftwork into the political, I redress the value of discarded objects in multidisciplinary artworks that explore our relationship with our waste and with Nature. My palette consists of worn out manufactured materials that I source from trash and recycling bins or off beaches and roadways. I also crowdsource materials from other environmental activists so that my process can serve as a vehicle for environmental interventions in my community. Once in the studio, much of my practice is still that of handwork: processing and re-imagining these immensely tactile materials with an approach that is both experimental and methodical.