Vision that my cousin Krzysio Palonka had back in 1970, when he got drunk as a child, 2004
VISION THAT MY COUSIN KRZYSIO PALONKA HAD BACK IN 1970, WHEN HE GOT DRUNK AS A CHILD, 2004
paper maché, modeling paste, acrylic paint
8” x 6” x 5”
This work asks the question why a five-year-old, who gets tricked by an older sibling into having some home-made wine, begins to mumble about tiny soldiers gathering around his mouth.
The incident took place in Poland, during a year when tanks appeared on the streets of two cities, to crush a surge of popular discontent with the communist rule.
Was the political reality shaping the imagination of a small child by feeding it the symbols of totalitarian oppression?