Due to his intellectual obsessions and the breadth of his technical knowledge, Roszak’s artistic development moved in parallel with major upheavals in the Western world, both of the social and technological kind. During
World War II, he designed aircraft and taught mechanics, a practice that put
him in close proximity to the realities of war and inspired his dark, moody works.
For a period, he studied theories of psychoanalysis posited by Sigmund
Freud, Carl Jung, and Otto Rank, thinkers who helped shape the modern understanding of the psyche.