Papering Over The Cracks


Vintage embossed wallpaper in a country pub just south of Auckland, spotted last weekend.


Sumptuous and symmetrical.

It is art in its own very repetitive and expansive way.

Wallpaper performs a decorative function, but of course hides what lies behind it.

God knows, I have papered over my own cracks at times, working feverishly like “a one-armed paper hanger”, to borrow a phrase.

Most of the time the people in the room had no earthly idea of the unsightly mess beneath…