Marcin Owczarek – The Book of Genesis describes the biblical ‘Garden of Eden’ (Paradise) which was created by God for the the first man and woman – Adam and Eve.
It is believed that God formed human beings to live in a Paradise and told them to to multiply and coexist with animals, plants and everything else that God had made. It was the time of innocence, the first humans lived with God in the harmony with Nature. The rivers and lakes were crystal clear, no thievery, no sinn was known.
In the garden God placed the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil which fruits were prohibited from eating. Adam and Eve tricked by the serpent ate the fruit from the forbidden tree. In consequence they were banished from the Paradise. The expulsion was a fact. The Paradise was lost. The soul was traped into mortal body. Consuming the fruit was called the original sin committed by Adam and Eve, that subsequently became known as the Fall of man. The fall corrupted the human nature including the entire natural world. Since that moment humankind became mortal, the state of innocence passed away, the present world full of suffering and injustice occured. Worth to remember that since that moment people were also forced to search for redemption, the way to re-establish the state of innocence and attain eternal life again.
Regarding the fact that the main aspect of my art is human condition, I tried to find the best metaphor for the current period of my art. Then I recall about that ‘mythical catastrophe’ called ‘The Fall’. Hence I decided to use it as a conceptual spectrum and metaphor for my own subjective reflections which are taken from contemporary world. In this way I named the cycle of photgraphs ‘Paradise Lost’. In my view this title binds perfectly the ”fallen past”and 21 century.
In my cycle the idea of degradation of the first humans is connected with the fall of humanity through the centuries up to nowadays. The title is symbolic and describes the state of being away from the sacrum, the lack of justice, the weakness of will, tendency to moral evil, jealousy, hypocrisy, greediness, wars.The question I ask in ”Paradise Lost” is: what is our relationship with other human beings and the planet? How are we treating the planet on which we live? Why humanity through the centuries still hasn’t found the cure for the madness around, all those burning landscapes and wars which are still present in human world.
What is the meaning of Art in Lost Paradise? My intension was to conduct investigation into the depths of human existence. Pictures which move the audience and force to serious reflection.
In my opinion art should give the truth and evidence about this planet.In my mind, art doesn’t have to ”be pretty or nice”, but has to transmit significant meaning and portray the historical changes. In my narration the journey begins in the „biblical times” , goes through the Ancient Greece, indo-european cultural myths and finally meets contemporary dystopian societies. Societes which are not able to properly cope with technology because the technological progress is far more rapidly than humanity’s spiritual evolution. I think that to reveal and describe the present world we live in, we need at first to understand the influence of the past. My artworks belong to our daily life, but as I mentioned, I intentionally refer to the past and anticipate the future.
If it is said that that humanity is in essence a single family, with everyone descended from a single pair of original ancestors. If it is true – why do we fight and do not respect each other? Why man proved to be so destructive and has devasted the planet so intense? At the same time wiping out most species of animals know from the Paradise – elephants, rhinoceros, wolves, seals, fishes.
One of the interpretations says that after the Fall of man, the Paradise was finally destroyed by the great flood. I believe we still have time and we can change the shape the present world runs to avoid another great flood. [Official Website]