Why haven't I met grandma when she was young?
a collage album by Beata Mordawska, available as an ebook here
Cultural Scholarship of City of Gdansk, 2021
The Project is to present unpublished and recently discovered photos of
Ritta Romel Czarnowska (1936 - 2012)
accompanied by the artifacts from her collection
in a form of an artistic collage.
Ritta, born in a Kashubian village, loved beauty and created fashion
in Gdansk - a city that just arose from ruins.
With no traces of scratches or wounds from the past,
Ritta enjoys life and exudes timeless beauty.
Ritta crocheted mandalas
and loved to pose
among filodendron monstera plants.
She never flew with Lufthansa
but fell in love with a potato-nose man
bearing a strong Germanic name Medard.
Medard was created by maht - "might, authority, power, bravery" and hart - "strong, brave, bold".
Ritta inherited a piece of Matthäus Schiestl (Austrian,1869), the favourite art of her mother.
We agreed the forest in the village she used to live in
was very much alike.
She kept a few books - Pope next to Daniele Steel romances.
Hundred of her tailor journals with patterns
were recently eaten by moths.
Ritta married Medard twice,
when she was young and 50 years after.
She fell in love with his strong, lush hair
and left on his nameday.
The photos of Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and philodendron are borrowed for purely artistic purpose and art promotion.
This e-book is free of any charge.
Audrey Hepburn wedding photo - Ernst Haas, 1954
Audrey Hepburn in a black costume - Bettmann
Marilyn Monroe with a sheep - André de Dienes 1949
Marilyn Monroe in a swimming suit - André de Dienes 1949
Marilyn Monroe sitting - GETTY IMAGES 1954
In the background are the paintings of Beata Mordawska and Matthäus Schiestl.
On the photographs a friend of Ritta, Maryla Darznik.
The name of the photographer remains unknown.
This project is supported by:
The Cultural Scholarship of The City of Gdańsk, 2021