For childless mothers and travelers
sticekrs, 2019
the Prelude to the Safe Place
drawing installation, 2020

The feeling of safety seems to be one of the most important needs of man. It is not、 however, an obvious thing. It depends on past experience and held beliefs. It does not fit squarely into established definitions. It can be manipulated.

And so, paradoxically, the small Japanese town laying in the shadow of an active volcano can turn out to be the safest place in the world. Stone statues can start to guarantee peace of mind. Many representations of lesser god met during daily walks can, in a way, become caring friends.

In Japanese mythology, O-Jizo protects the souls of children, bringing some relief to the parents.
He is also the protector of travelers.
By capturing his many images and compulsive multiplication of them, O-Jizo becomes a kind of talisman for the artist.
A good luck wish for others and a personal symbol of safety.

Initially, For Childless Mothers and Travelers was just a small side-project I was working on during my residency in Aso City, in Japan. I have been drawing different versions of O-Jizo. As I wanted to create something I could gift people with, I decided to make a set of stickers. Upon my return to Poland, I was looking for was in which I could continue working with the theme. This led me to the collaboration with Starak Family Foundation. The full documentation of the Prelude to the Safe Place can be found on their website.