Sources: silk, acrylic, poppy dust, ink, wire, sand, rock, iron-on appliques, photographs, staples, thread, glue
WALLS/ GRENZEN/ MAUREN
For the Moving Matters Traveling Workshop (MMTW) June 2017 exhibition at the Kapelle der Versonhnung at the Berlin Wall monument I developed two pieces: Sources, a 30 foot long installation composed of silk, acrylic, poppy dust, ink, wire, sand, rock, iron-on appliques, photographs, staples, thread and glue, and Over the Rainbow, a ladder/collage of images of people painting on and destroying walls world-wide.
For many years, the Wall defined Berlin. In 1989 the Berlin Wall came down, seemingly heralding a new era when people would no longer be divided by walls and the ideologies that uphold them. Today, however, around the world new walls are being erected and extended: between Mexico and the USA, Israel and Palestine, around “Fortress Europe,” and elsewhere. Walls symbolize division, but they also can provide refuge. This is likewise epitomized by Berlin. The city has offered walls to thousands of people fleeing wars in the Middle East. Hence, walls may also offer protection, privacy and a sense of home, and not only signal borders or divisions.
Working in the Kapelle was a great privilege. It also presented the challenges of developing pieces that could harmonize with and engage the structure of the outer, open walls of the Chapel, withstand the stormy and cold Berlin spring. As part of the MMTW program, the work in the exhibition was intended to shape the space and content for several performances during June, 2018. Successful pieces might thus be those that actively contributed to this goal, while also inspiring visitors to contemplate aspects of WALLS and of art they might not otherwise have considered. I sought to develop pieces that would be both accessible and meaningful to a public that besides parishioners includes school children, families, tour groups and senior citizens as well as art lovers. 28,500 visitors from around the world during our month-long exhibition.