In my practice, I am looking at how mythology grows from our connection with the land and nature, and how these mythologies relate to and are informed by a modern anthropological, scientific, philosophical and cultural understanding of the world. In my practice I explore the multifaceted aspects of sustainability through myth and nature culture continuum.
In my research the concepts of mythology refers to mythical thinking as a philosophical pattern of thought described by Leszek Kolakowski as 'mythopoeic thought’. This way of thinking allows culture to flourish and form itself at ontological, phenomenological and empirical levels.
At the core of my latest research idea is a deep ecological and political conviction that what is at fault now in the current socio-political environmental crisis is a lack of a meaningful relationship with the natural environment.
During my latest research project titled 'The Source of Resilience' I was artist in residence at Scotswood Community Gardens in Newcastle, (SNCG) and at Abundant Earth, a permaculture farm in County Durham. Guided by my artistic agenda, I actively engaged with the place and its people. I was there to gather images, videos, thoughts and make drawings. Both places are founded on principles of permaculture and attract like minded people who share similar ecological and political convictions.
Nomadic Thought, Imaginary and Sustainability.
'Reason is the natural organ of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. Imagination, producing new metaphors or reviving old, it is not the case of truth, but its condition.” C.S Lewis
I am in favour of a unique creative autonomy, of singular actions where we can determine our artistic practices to be diverse, open and nomadic, and where the imaginary is a real construction of social relations that allow you to read and build things in a different way.
I consider myself to be an artist-nomad who travels through realms of diverse sources of knowledge and of imaginary possibilities; an endless procession of reiterating realities that morph, and shift. Each manifestation of the poetic realities I encounter leads onto further explorations, like the branching, twigging and rooting of a tree. I journey from the brink of our world into a labyrinth of transcendence where we can enlighten our consciousness with bliss. That, for me, is at the heart of artistic practice; a delight in the very nature of being; a wonder and awe of the multi-complex relationship between of the mind and universe.
I believe this type of creative approach leads to bio-centred egalitarianism as 'a philosophy of radical immanence and affirmative becoming and it shapes sensitivity towards sustainable futures of transformations'.
CV & Education
Sabina Sallis works within the areas of video, installation, performance, painting, drawing, photography and sculpture. As an arts practitioner, she has a multifaceted approach to arts provision- as a researching and exhibiting artist; a provider of arts through educational settings and as an arts facilitator.
1979 Born in Lancut, Poland. Lives and works in Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK.
1999-2005 University of Arts, Poznan, Poland. MA in painting and drawing.
1994-1999 College of Fine Art, Jaroslaw, Poland. Diploma in ceramic and painting.
2013-2014 Forest School Teacher Training, level 3, pass
2004-2005 Art Pedagogy, University of Arts, Poznan, Poland.
Currently involved in:
May- 'The Scale of Sustainability', A season of films and meetings exploring architecture, homes and community, The Shed Whistle Art Stop, Haltwhistle
May -June 2015 'Urban Organisms that Yields Sustainable Futures', organising and curating exhibition and events at The NewBridge Project Space, Newcastle upon Tyne
November 2015 'Mythologies', Artisterium 2015, Tbilisi's annual International Contemporary Art Exhibition and Art Event.
Selected solo exhibitions:
2015 - SOURCE OF RESILIENCE, The NewBridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne
2010 - RESILIENCE IN EQUILIBRIUM, 36 Lime Street Gallery, Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
2007 - FELIX CULPA, Arsenal Gallery , Poznan, Poland
2007 - PERFORMIZM, Entropia Gallery, Wroclaw, Poland
2007- SUI GENERIS , ON Gallery , Poznan, Poland
2006- "TIGER, TIGER SHOW ME YOUR SHELL", Szyperska Gallery Poznan, Poland
2005- "PERFECTLY SYMMETRICAL TIGER"- Galeria Inner Spaces, Poznan, Poland
2005 - SABINA SALLIS PAINTING- Promotion Gallery PKO BP, Poznan, Poland
Selected group exhibitions and festivals:
2014 - 'Still Life’ group exhibition at MOC Gallery Olsztyn, Poland
2014 - Eulogy’, group exhibition at the Vane Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne
2012- 'Subject for Change',Deconstruction Project at Polish Arts Festival, Homeless Gallery at KURSAAL, Southend on Sea,UK
2012 - THE OBSERVERS, The Late Show performance event
2008- INPORT Performance Video Art Festival, Tallin, Estonia.
2007 - ASIA - EUROPE MEDIATION, EUROASJA NOVA, performance Festival, CK Zamek, Poznan, Poland
2007 - BIOS festival "farewell to winter / idea generation" Brzezno, Poland
2006- HEROINES - selected exhibition, BWA Gallery, Leszno
2006 - Presentation ON GALLERY, Kunstsalon, Berlin 2006 Germany
2006- BIOS festival "A warming world needs art", Brzezno, Poland
2006- COMA - selected exhibition, Sector 1 Gallery, Katowice
2005 - The Department of Painting University of Arts in Poznan selected exhibition, Gallery " U Jezuitow Gallery, Poznan, Poland
2005- ZOON POLITICON - Exhibition in the Baltic Gallery of Arts Slupsk, Poland
2005 - Exhibition of the Best Masters work, the contest by M.Dokowicz's, Old Slaughter House, Poznan, Poland
2005- "Activebite" - promotion, Sabina Scislowicz, Monika Pich, "Dno"Club AFA, Poznan
2005 - "Nowalijki" - Sabina Scislowicz, Monika Pich, Cafe "Miesna", Poznan
2004 - 'I Desire to Die in the Flames of Love'- exhibition in the gallery Galeria Wneka in Poznan
2003 - Time in the Image- Exhibition in the gallery BWA in Wroclaw
2002- Why Not? - exhibiton in Galeria ASP in Katowice
2001- Izotop 2000- exhibition in the gallery Galeria El in Elblag
2014/2015 Grants for the Arts Scheme for individual artists, Arts Council England
2005/2004 Grant for Arts from Polish Ministry of Culture
1999 The Grant for Art from Polish Prime Minister
1998/1999 The scholarschip awarded by Polish Ministry of Arts and Culture
Upcoming: October2015, artist in residence, Europe House, Tbilisi, Georgia
2014-2015 artist in residence at the Scotswood Community Garden, Newcastle upon Tyne
2014- artist in residence at the Abundant Earth Farm, County Durham
2015 - 'Source of resilience', Sabina Sallis
2012- 'Subject for Change', group exhibition catalogue
2007- Asia-Europe Mediation, Euroasja Nova, festival, exhibition, catalogue
2006 - Heroines, group exhibition, catalogue
2006- Presentation ON Gallery,
2006 - Coma, On Gallery artists exhibition , catalogue
2005 - Paintings, Sabina Sallis, solo show, catalogue