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Kateřina Šedá

The Renaissance Society

After thirty-three years spent supervising inventory in a state-run home-supplies store in Brno, Czech Republic, Jana Šedá (1930–2007) retired and began to drift into a diminished old age. Widowed and living with her son and his family, she withdrew into asocial immobility, oversleeping, rarely speaking, and spending most of her waking hours watching TV. Her granddaughter, Czech artist Kateřina Šedá, began interviewing Jana regularly about her past and eventually cajoled her into making drawings of the hundreds of items she used to keep on the shelves of the store.

More than five hundred of the six hundred drawings that the grandmother created, beginning in 2005, were displayed in Šedá’s recent exhibition titled “It Doesn’t Matter,” the translation of Je to jedno, Jana’s verbal response to virtually every inquiry. Almost every drawing is the same size, all are done with a black felt-tip

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