The Lewandowski’s Wallpaper, mixed media on board, 10”x10”x1.5”
Recently I have been exploring ideas about memory and color. Pink Week will be coming up in Sacramento in just a few months, so it felt like the time to explore some pink memories.
When I was in my 20s, I spent a lot of time travelling and living in Europe. Different countries, different cultures and some color palettes and home décor that was not what I was accustomed to. There was a lot of wallpaper, including in the places I lived. There was also a more liberal use of the color pink in all shades imaginable. Go back to an Easter Monday (Śmigus-dyngus), over thirty years ago in Poland. It was a visit to the home of my cousin’s in-laws to celebrate the holiday known for water fights and, of course, another big meal. Poland is the sort of place where the most distant and long lost relative, like I was, can be made to feel incredibly welcome by everyone you meet. That afternoon will always remain in my memories, made to feel so very welcomed in the Lewandowski’s home. And, here is where the pink comes in. I remember that every room I saw in their home had pink wallpaper — each room different from the next.
I would have never imagined, decades later that I would recreate that day and their home the way I have, in the summer of 2017. But here it is.