‘Pauanui’ is the Maori word for ‘big abalone’, a giant clam slowly opening in anticipation of something to be revealed. It explores the tension generated by environmental forces interacting with and reflected by the change in shape of this sedentary animal. It pursues that moment between balance and flight where the precise distribution of mass, form and space activate the sculpture – a creative engineering that aims to imbue a potency of energy, of aerial lightness, or alternatively of crushing weight. Inspired by observation of pattern and form in the natural world and spatially activated by the distribution of its mass, Pauanui embodies movement and anticipation – a sense of unfolding . . . of unwrapping.
Jacek shares his time between the Hunter Valley, Australia and London. He originally trained and worked internationally as a marine biologist, is a SCUBA diver and international traveller and draws upon these experiences to inform his practice. Since graduating in 2006 from the National Art School in Sydney, he has exhibited his large-scale outdoor sculptures and smaller, intimate indoor pieces internationally in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the UK and Australia. His work is in private collections in Australia and the UK and he exhibits with the Brenda May Gallery, Sydney.