I think we all had someone close who passed away. Be it your grandmother, grandfather, that older uncle or even a dog or a hamster – that’s a pity, too. The animal would run around in its cage or jump on the couch and the relative would sit in an old chair and always put too much salt in his or her food. And now, there’s more salt to eat and more space for you to sit on.
You come home. Their things are still here: the ashtray, the litter tray and the checkered bed sheets. You will clear it all up at some point. You’ll also air the room up then wash and paint the walls. The cat litter will be thrown out. Your mouth will not open as often. You will get used to the silence – slowly and naturally.
And I probably won’t buy or adopt a cat, since it’s more likely the pet will die before me.
Magda Rucińska -(born in 1984) graduated from the University of Kazimierz Wielki in Bydgoszcz with a degree in Applied Linguistics (2008) and the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznań with a degree in Artistic Education (2010). She was awarded a scholarship by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage (2009/10). She is an artist and a reviewer who is unhealthily fascinated by comics and illustrations. She teaches drawing classes at the Department of Interior Design at University of Science and Technology in Bydgoszcz and cooperates with the Open Screen-printing Studio (Otwarta Pracownia Sitodruku). Her works were published in magazines such as “Lampa,”, “Zwykłe Życie,” “Fabularia,” “Zeszyty Komiksowe” and her original art magazine – “1zine.” She has several individual and collective exhibitions to her name, such as the ones presented at the Poznań Cheap East Comic Book Gallery in the Imperial Castle (Galeria Komiksu Cheap East w CK Zamku), the Municipal Office of Art Exhibitions in Leszno (MBWA Leszno), the Pressure Tower (Wieża ciśnień w Bydgoszczy) and the Kantorek Gallery in Bydgoszcz, the Orient Gallery in Szczecin or the Central Museum of Textiles in Łódź (Centralne Muzeum Włókiennictwa w Łodzi). She likes digging through her memories and those of others. She enjoys small and also personal stories and objects that no designer could ever dream of. She does not like when action develops.