Your NameOliver Polzin
Cohort AssignmentCohort C (Americas, In-Person Intensive)
1. What do you see as your primary work at this stage of your life?

Creating potent and transformative art. Integrating regenerative, eco-spiritual, and bio-interconnected philosophies into my mystic art practice.

2. What role do you see as yours to play?

To see deeply into the world, and re-present what I see in a way that guides the attention of others, humbly

3. What goals or aims do you have in regard to the above?

I want to reach more people with my art, and grow my capacity to create deeply meaningful pieces that balance between careful consideration and creative abandon.

4. Where do you feel your next arenas for personal growth are?

Becoming comfortable with my own voice.

5. And for professional growth?

Getting better at communication and consistency in the outward facing aspect of my craft.

6. What have you invested in to get you where you are?

A lot! Thousands of hours on art, time in nature, reading about fungi, permaculture and more. Practicing deep attention in nature, practicing swale building in nature, crunching up carbon for the floor-eaters, trying to "throw starfish back into the sea" in the best way.

7. What fields of learning and which thinkers have been important in your life?

All artistic endeavors, collaborative creativity, early lessons from a clown. I love Loren Eisley, Paul Stamets, Sofie Strand, Terence McKenna. Ecological thinkers, myth thinkers, deep-time thinkers, fungal thinkers.

8. Can you frame your philosophy or cosmology of life? What role(s) do humans play in it?

We're all here together. Competition is an illusion, and we can only build fertility - just in different measures and on different time-scales. Humans are incredible animals, with a drive to create surplus. I believe more of our human surplus (of energy, time, material) should be directed back toward the fertility of complex ecosystems.

Date CreatedJanuary 26, 2023