Inez Andrucyk 2017
In sync with musical improve, my art uses ad-hoc and free flow combinations of culturally symbolic images mingling disparate visual thoughts into newer idea systems. It’s main obsession is the nature of addiction to manufactured chemicals and our dependence on those which are life threatening. It strives for recovery, through meditative spiritual connections to a conscious awareness of place in time, be it from pharma, cancer, birth defects, and any other illnesses caused by toxic chemicals.
Although science has the capacity to invent and produce safe products, I am led to wonder why we, as a rational and intelligent species are not doing that? Denial and our need for quick fixes are contributing factors in our refusal to detox from certain types and procedures in the production of pesticides, plastics, pharma, and so on, particularly those damaging our waters, land, air, and bodies.
Two years ago, my son died unwittingly from a drug overdose. He was betrayed by those who prescribed medications for ADD, anxiety, and pain, creating a cumulative dependence. His was the loss of yet another spectacular individual. During his torturous decline, he and I learned much about denial, loss, hope, and ethical lapses in our institutions. The memory of his beautiful spirit and the spirit of all life leaves my art begging for a stronger group consciousness towards decontamination, purification, and reclamation of our planet.
Addiction to harmful chemicals is a big picture where everyone has a role. If the Phoenix is a symbol of rejuvenation, rebirth, and renewal as it rises from the ashes, only a massive detox can serve to put out the flame. One person cannot do this alone. My art is part of that ever-growing world-wide shift towards rehabilitation.
Hope is born from the remembrance, joy, and appreciation for all we have been given. Rebirth is the development of new ideas and habits. Renewal is life for future generations rising from our ashes.
This work is intended to give strength to those who struggle and serve as a remembrance of those we have lost. It is inspired and informed by the short life of my sensitive, enlightened, and philosophical and loving son, Reid Kasunic, who overdosed in 2015 at the age of 22. This is about healing from all any devestation caused by manmade toxic chemicals and a call to action.
The gallery “Reid” is composed of photographs of one out of many lost lives. He was devoted to a world of kindness, acceptance and joy. It is through these paintings that his life spirit continues.