"Wezyk found double meanings in these royal bedrooms, which must have been the figures' private rooms but are now all publicly exhibited. Still, she made sure that their personal histories and intimate secrets made in the rooms will not fade away, by painting a lot of light thrown on the beds,"
Park Min-young, The Korea Herald, April 2009
The Royal Bedrooms depict empty bedchambers I have once visited in castles, palaces, and manor homes. Some came from my childhood memories, and some from the recent travels. I portrayed these luminal rooms of once intensely private character as the museum spaces on continual public display. In hope of capturing the sense of nostalgia, complexity, and fragility of life that seems to be present in these rooms I used the traditional techniques of chiaroscuro covering layers (veils) of oil paint.
I was interested in exploration of the intimate bedchambers where formal nobility made love, dreamt, bore children, and made significant decisions. Those chambers were symbolically rife with poetic, literary, philosophical, aesthetic, spiritual and art metaphors. They were also rich in the history of war, peace, and love. In particular, it is with rich empathy and awe that I thought about the bedrooms of Chenonceau and Châteaux de Chambord where centuries of gender differences, forced marriages, and imprisonment took place in the presence of exceptionally beautiful decor.