“With paintings that have a personal element, like Yet Still I Rise by Sarah Haegens, my immediate thought is to put them in a bedroom. The striking blue stands out against the softer peach and grey hues, and to play into that, I would style this painting next to B&B’s Bamboletto bed in a blue boucle fabric. I would pair contemporary furnishings from the ‘60s and ‘70s with this piece to play into its postmodern aspects.
I would then put the Quadrifoglio table lamp next to the bed. This lamp ties into the painting’s softer tones, and given that it was designed by Gae Aulenti, there is a nod to the powerful feminine aspect of this piece’s subject. Finally, I would dress the bed with my Jacquard sheet set in dove grey and finish the look off with my Fizz cushion.”
The work: Sarah Haegens, Yet Still I Rise, 2023. Coloured pencil/pastel drawing, 50 x 70cm. Courtesy: the artist.