The work is inspired by the old folk rite of sympathetic magic.
Women to protect flocks of their sheep or goats from wolves used to sit in the corner of the chamber and sewed the sheds of their dresses. While repeating three phrases: „I'm stapling the ears to the wolves so they do not hear sheep, I'm stapling the noses to the wolves, so that they do not hear sheep, I'm stapling the jaws to the wolves so that they do not devour sheep.” These were their protective spell, which I interpreted in my own way. I have stapled people in clothes and by doing that I „casted a spell” on a wider field. For the first time I've done it in an abandoned palace, in my grandparents village Sobieszyn. The main reason was to protect my familiar environment from evil impact.
The result was black and white photographs, printed on transparent plexiglass and hung relative to the light in the studio space.
I've started the project Against wolves in 2019 and It happend to be my diploma on Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw at the same year.
In the end of 2020 I came back to this idea.
I decided to do a video performance while I'm stapling myself in clothes. This vision seemed to me as something very significant by bringing together all the events from 2020 which we all have experienced. During the performance I'm stapling myself inside the red bathrobe which I associate with my mother and therefore with protection. My mother has always had a red bathrobe on her pyjamas in the morning. While repating in my head the old spell of sympathetic magic I very carefully staple my legs, head and hands inside the fabric. This image is a synonim of stagnation, collective procrastination and ubiquitous boredom which slowly takes on new meaning. It is also a need to hide from the rush of bad news, misfortunes and uncertainty with which we have faced during 2020.