Medinilla magnifica, Lilium candidum
and a metal paper clip
Everything stands in order: roses are for mother,
fists are for strangers.
But after that, it gets complicated:
there are more capitols than the countries in the world,
everything has its limits,
mind wanders aimlessly,
colours blend with the distance,
my dog seems to be smiling
to any blue eyes that look like yours.
Metrosideros excelsa, Papaver somniferum,
Hippeastrum amaryllidaceae and a rubber band
Nepenthes alata, Lathyrus odoratus,
Iris germanica, gaffer tape and rubber bands
Lilium orientalis, Aloe ferox, Sansevieria kirkii,
gaffer tape, a twine and a metal bottle cork
Cotinus coggygria, Iris germanica, gaffer tape,
metal paper clips and rubber bands
There is a Polish expression:
“You can get infected by someone else’s optimism.”
Perhaps I was born optimistic, or I may have been slowly “infected” by my mother’s optimism. She finds the positive in any situation; even when it’s cold, grey and raining outside, she will say: “What a beautiful downpour!”
We are divided by 6,000 miles. What connects us is our shared optimism and the postcards I send her while I travel. She can’t join me, although I would love to take her everywhere with me.
It is she who taught me how to be curious and look for the beauty and the positive in all. A part of her continues to push me forward, and, in return, I send her fragments of what I see.
This project was created solely by me, photographs of my own compositions, yet it was influenced by my mother’s positive outlook. I collect the sticks and flowers, arrange them patiently and in silence. The sticks snap, the flowers bend and die, rubber bands break, tape fails to hold the composition, things fall apart even before I manage to take a picture. I sit there, painstakingly working on each composition, and I never forget who told me to believe that everything is possible.
I would love to show my Mum all the capitols of the world and more. Until I am able to do this I will continue to share with her my postcards and these images of flowers I collect along the way. Roses for Mother.
I’m delighted to invite you for my solo exhibition in 6x7 Leica Gallery Warsaw. The opening had its place on Friday, December 14th, 2018 in Warsaw, Poland, where the exhibition is on show until February 9th, 2019.
6x7 Leica Gallery Warsaw
Mysia 3 Street, 2nd Floor
Please be my guest, come and see this latest project of mine dedicated entirely to my Mum. Thank you!