Alicja Patanowska born 1983, Starogard Gdański, Poland. Live and work in London, UK and Wroclaw, Poland
Alicja Patanowska’s Plantation was established because of the need to find a remarkable, almost symbolic use of what has been abandoned.
The result is a porcelain object that rests in a common glass and which allows the observation of the growing process of plants, both its stem as well its root.
Alicja Patanowska spent over a month scavenging London’s streets in the early morning, finding and collecting glasses from bus stops, benches, curbs and alleys.
Subsequently the many shapes of these discarded items have led to an assortment of handmade parts that can be inserted into a variety of glass vessels sizes. These unique porcelain components are suitable for growing plants and when turned upside down it can be used as a mini greenhouse, ideal during seed germination.
The act of physically touching and collecting potentially dangerous waste, discarded by others, reveals something of society’s value system: our real focus is not the possessions but the need to acquire. How can a handmade process change this?