Rusak’s designs are clean, modern, and sleek. This modernity feels contrary to the depths that emerge when we closely examine his surfaces. Lurking inside the cast resin are rich, dark, organic textures. Reminiscent of Dutch vanitas still lifes, Rusak’s florals are stunning and lush, trapped in resin for eternity, just like those frozen on the canvas. These paintings are meant to remind us of our humanity, and the fact that we, too, will inevitability decay. Rusak plays at this--trapped in resin, these flowers will never rot, never decay, but they will also never grow again. The fact that these are functional objects gives them another form of life, another way to carry on. Through our daily interactions with these objects, and through living our lives amongst them, the natural world is both preserved and allowed to evolve with our homes and lives.
Born and educated in Poland, London-based artist and designer Marcin Rusak blends the natural and industrial worlds in his dramatic objects for the home.
Rusak casts flowers and exotic plant life in poured resin, preserving their ephemeral beauty forever in tables, lamps, screens, and more. Rusak’s works are visually striking: the smoothness of his surfaces and the natural beauty of the plants embedded in them draw the viewer in. But what makes his works truly memorable are the contrasts they embody.