Environmental Graffiti Meets Artist Cristopher Cichocki

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Image: Cristopher Cichocki

Cycle in Cycle (detail).

Karl Fabricius talks to artist Cristopher Cichocki about his life and works.

All images courtesy of Cristopher Cichocki

Where to place the work of artist Cristopher Cichocki? Living and working around California’s Salton Sea, Cichocki is an artist happy to locate himself below sea level, and to inhabit the desert while making occasional incursions into urban spaces.


Image: Cristopher Cichocki

Full Circle (Eruption), 2009
Location: Niland, CA
enamel on water and earth

From noise art to serene sculptures, this is a guy who works in a range of media that would put most arists out of joint, and deals with often disorientating themes. Easy to pin down, Cichocki is not. We talked to him about environmental entropy, ecological nightmares, eyeballs-as-planets and hyper-paced reality among other mind-bending topics.

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Image: Cristopher Cichocki

Property Division (Root), 2009
Location: Sky Valley, CA
mason line and uprooted tree

EG: Your name, Cichocki, takes some pronunciation (chä-hä-skee) but somehow fits phonetically alongside the place where you live, the Coachella Valley desert in California. Tell us a bit about your background, why you chose to live where you do, and how these circumstances have affected your work.

CC: At age ten I moved from the icy cold winters of Wisconsin to the sweltering desert heat of the Coachella Valley. For the most part, I’ve lived in the Coachella Valley with a fling here and there in Los Angeles ever since.

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