Garden of Experiences by Grażyna Smalej

Garden of Experiences. Oil on Canvas. 31.5 x 39.4 x 0.8 in

Inspired by a visit to the Garden of Experiences, this oil painting by Polish artist Grażyna Smalej depicts a figure laying on green grass beneath a sky filled with colorful dots or spheres. The figure lies on their back, but their face is turned away looking at nothing in particular, except perhaps for a white building in the distance. The dots appear to emanate from the figure, reinforcing the impression that these are not anything physically present, but are instead a manifestation of the person’s reverie; many, no doubt, would wish to share in the experience, forsaking for a time the serious practicality of most of our daytime activities.