A direct impulse for developing Water Memory came from the events involving the T/S Franken, a German tanker which was sunk by the Soviet air forces in 1945 and has since been buried at the bottom of Gdansk Bay. A report by the Maritime Institute in Gdansk and the MARE Foundation suggests that the corroded ship is likely to fall apart soon. Its containers still hold ca. 1.5 – 5 million liters of fuel. If the fuel gets into the water, the entire area of Gdansk Bay will be contaminated.
Małgorzata Bolt’s minimalistic work is supposed to remind us of human errors, negligence, and irresponsibility, highlight a deficit in our environmental thinking, and alert us to ecological disaster that threatens the whole of the Tri-City region and the Hel Peninsula. The smooth surface of oil works like a mirror in which our reflection is diluted once every twenty-five seconds.
Vibrations produce unsettling sounds. The remaining three parts of the installation are draped in thick foil, which bulges tight under the weight of water.
Małgorzata Bolt (1992) – uses a varied range of means in her art. She creates objects, installations, and videos. She also works with sound. The issues she explores in her works include risks produced by irresponsible human practices. She extensively relies on recycled materials in her artworks, which have been exhibited at several group shows, including at the Laznia Center for Contemporary Art, Gdansk Municipal Gallery, and the Armory of Art gallery (Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk).