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Vague Memories - Life and art work of Kasia Puciata 1961-2004
'Where do you dream?...'
'Where do you dream?...'
Vague Memories - Life and art work of Kasia Puciata 1961-2004

Sister about Sister: "It is not the length of life, but the depth of life." -Ralph Waldo Emerson. My Big Sister Kasia was born with Down syndrome in 1961, in a country and culture not well prepared to handle what they thought were abnormalities. Some were ashamed to have us over, some clearly requested Kasia stayed at home, others advised putting her in a foster home, as not to ruin family's good image. People, especially children, would pause and stare making a circus for themselves. It was rough and painful for my sister, who would come home and look at herself in the mirror asking why was she different and was she beautiful? We'd always laugh and say she was too beautiful for others to handle. She'd then reach out for Nivea cream and smudge it over her face to ensure that beauty... For the rest of the story and to view the collection of my sister's paintings, please refer to the website I created in her memory - It is a touching and inspiring story, which shows that through unconditional love one can achieve the unthinkable!

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bassam el shammaa, Egypt,
7/31/2011 5:14:55 AM
love it,,well done,,excellent job,,,bless u and all ur family,,,,,,bassam el shammaa

Lesley Perkins, United States, VA
8/12/2011 2:11:18 AM
An inspiring story of sisterly love.

Anna Nalls, United States, IL
7/28/2011 11:42:24 AM
There is no greater gift that you could give Kasia but to share her story and artwork with the others....

maria puciata, Poland,
7/27/2011 4:09:20 PM
This draft with memories of Kasia ,so well with written, withsuch a freat feeling. is a treaty on LOVE . This is a poem about a HUMAN .about her talents, beautiful nature and a long 43 -year life . At the same time it is a APPEAL to future mothers

Tamara McMillan, United States, IL
7/27/2011 8:49:21 AM
Truley an inspiring story and artwork!

Chelsea Jo Conard, United States, NY
7/26/2011 10:23:28 PM
A beautiful story and artwork. And 2 sisters, beautiful inside and out. I'm sure she's so proud, Joanna.

Stan Targowski, Poland,
7/26/2011 6:26:54 AM
This is not only a great story by sister about sister, but also a great way to remember Kasia. I remember Kasia, I also remember her dedication to painting. I remember the first exhibit in Chicago. Hope others will be able to see these wonderful paintings

Stephanie H., United States, IL
7/25/2011 3:05:11 PM
Wonderful, captivating story. Beautiful work!

Erin Cipriani, United States, IL
7/25/2011 1:34:22 PM
Great story!

Kena Pastore, United States, IL
7/24/2011 5:12:07 PM
Beautiful story and art!

Gosia Olszewska, Spain,
7/24/2011 3:58:48 PM
Kasia byla niesamowita , niepowtarzalna i utalentowana.

Amanda A, United States, IL
7/22/2011 12:53:05 PM
Joanna, This is truly magnificent. Your narratives are so vivid. Feels like I\'ve just been to a special exhibit at the Art Institute! Thank you for sharing.

Diana K Dokken, United States, GA
7/22/2011 11:18:21 AM
Beautiful and Inspiring!

Gaye Estey, United States, MI
7/21/2011 5:59:04 PM
I have heard so many of these types of stories. I worked for special education administrators and teacher consultants. They are the salt of the earth. But most of all, the children receiving special education are the definite gems.

Ivona Grobis, United States, IL
7/22/2011 10:24:11 AM
I have seen many Kasia paitings and there are beautiful

Linda Mugdur, United States, IL
7/21/2011 5:29:30 PM

Margaret Skrzypkowski, United States, IL
7/20/2011 12:45:00 AM
Incredible depth of Kasia\'s paintings leads my feelings inside her soul. There seem to be an untachable connection between my own self (the viewer) and Kasia\'s vision of the world greater then what we normally can see.

Marta Madigan, United States, OH
7/19/2011 10:29:49 PM
Kasia was my friend. Somettimes, she would call me and ask my address. She visited only a couple of times but her presence is always with me through her art. Art of a beautiful heart and a deep understanding the nature of painting.

Dorota Otrebska, Canada,
7/19/2011 10:05:06 PM
I applaud your work; admire your talent….your writing took me back to my bellowed neiberhood, and it is such a comforting feeling knowing after all these years I am not the only one remembering it THAT way. Kasia is proud of you! Congratulations

Kathy Mor, United States, IL
7/19/2011 9:21:57 PM
A beautiful story! Thank you for sharing your sister with us!

Karina Kott, United States, IL
7/19/2011 8:49:09 PM
great paintings!! Congratulations!!!

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