To Cadmium Red and Kielbasa follows a young woman as she attempts to make peace with the loss of her maternal grandfather, who was an artist and musician. The author uses photography, family archive, and poetic prose to explore the spaces left in his passing, as well as the spiritual questions that arise after a close death. To Cadmium Red and Kielbasa is an intimate account of the murky process of personal mourning during a time of global suffering. The author must piece together the memories of her grandfather in order to embrace the legacy of art making that he left her in his passing. The work lives in the space between life and death, physical and spiritual, and celebrates the beauty of transformation and joy.