Sep 2, 2009

Andrzej Jazdzewski

If ther are any wealthy, sympathetic backers or kindly women of independent means out there please get in touch with Andrzej.....

1. Please tell us about the work you will be showing in the 2009 E17 Art Trail?
We will be showing Eklektikos. The work being exhibited is a joint effort undertaken by unemployed local people who volunteer their free time at FRP-Forest Recycling Project, a Walthamstow based Social Enterprise that for the last twenty years has been promoting practical initiatives to reuse, recycle and reduce waste in East and North London.

In addition there is a contribution from a two day creative workshop that had been held at FRP in collaboration with 'ThinkArts' with the common theme of recycling and reusing of items available at FRP and items found.

2. Could you have done this work anywhere, or is it specific to E17? Did you respond to this year’s Art Trail theme ‘At Home’?
It does not specifically have to be unique to Walthamstow, the materials and subject matter is a common commodity and bringing awareness of rethinking about what we are to do with discarded items can be applied to any community willing to change its deep seated behavioural patterns.

3. Have you participated in the E17 Art Trail before?
No, we're virgins.

4. How does your work this year relate to your previous artistic practice?
No relation apart from a inherent compulsion dating back to when I was in full time employment, of being unable to pass a fully loaded skip without peering in and being fascinated at all the interesting items. I'll have to bring this subject up in my next group therapy session. Possibly there is a deep seated desire to return to the womb and the skip exerts a irresistible motherly attraction.

5. What challenges (if any) do you face in realising this work?
The theme of this years entry of recycling and reuse seemed a obvious no brainer, coming from the fact that through my volunteer work at FRP one is surrounded by other peoples trash. The challenge was when one realised that no two bits of trash are alike, they are all uniquely individual items, which caused a headache when I was attempting to craft a matching pair of mock regency candelabra centre piece.

6. Who is this work for?
In humble reverential homage to John Shuttleworth.

7. As well as being an artist what else do you do?
I am writing a film script, and looking for a wealthy, sympathetic backer whose mantelpiece yearns for a Oscar, or a kindly woman of independent means. Not necessarily in that order.

8. What is your favourite place in E17?
The Magic Faraway Tree, a giant, ancient oak tree growing on a raised knoll in a small woodland meadow, fed by a natural spring. A small ecosystem that is in perfect harmony with it's surroundings, a place that I visit when my spiritual batteries are running down and need re-charging. Where ? somewhere in E17, the exact location is unimportant - somethings aren't for sharing.

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