Who lives here: Gosia Wlodarczak and Longin Sarnecki
Location: Richmond, Victoria, Australia
Size: Three bedrooms, one bathroom
When they first saw their new home, Wlodarczak says, they were lured by the large front living room in which they could hang their art collection. They also liked the fact there was no access to their backyard from the multiple lanes in the area. The living room is the epicenter of activity. It’s where the couple eat dinner, work and have showings for clients. One of Sarnecki’s photography prints hangs on the wall next to the front door. It is an enlargement of a lottery ticket fragment.
Wlodarczak loves the curtains she bought at Ikea because they resemble her drawings, and when the sun shines through them, they cast ephemeral shadows on the living room floor.
Wlodarczak and Sarnecki recently showed their work at the Fremantle Arts Centre in western Australia. The exhibition, titled Many Happy Landings, includes Wlodarczak’s digital collages alongside Sarnecki’s photography, which visually explains her process.
While there are many sentimental items decorating the home, the most cherished piece is a secondhand cabinet in the corner of the room, which was given to the couple by friends who have since died. “We think about them a lot,” Wlodarczak says.
With their artworks filling the house, the couple say that if they were to change anything, it would be to add more storage.
Wlodarczak has done several installations on glass that employ a more permanent application. One of these is at Edith Cowan University’s Business and Law Building and features exterior glass-panel cladding printed with Wlodarczak’s drawings. The artist collaborated with JCY Architects and urban designers on the public art project. The drawings were scanned and printed on translucent foil and sandwiched between two sheets of glass.
In the bedroom, seen in the background, another cherished item is a chair that Wlodarczak received as a gift from the Heide Museum of Modern Art after her participation in the Freehand exhibition in 2010.
Bed frame, light fixture and shelving: Ikea