Carolynn A Haydu
The One Who Knows
Mixed media: graphite, watercolor, collage on paper
56" x 48" x 2"
On March 16th 2020, Chez Panisse, the restaurant where I had been employed, closed in
adherence of the Covid imposed lockdown. Chez Panisse is still not open for service. We employees had no idea what the next 2 years had in store. Into that vacuum of knowledge rushed a sense of impending doom. A few months later I began a series if portraits of my coworkers. I wanted to portray them as powerful creatures set within a triumphant narrative. It
was my way of wishing them well. The images were my version of a love letter to folks in the restaurant industry: an industry forever altered by this pandemic.