"A GOLDEN FUTURE"
"A work of art which did not begin in emotion is not art."
- Paul Cezanne
Our world is defined by us people.
Only we have the power to build the world we want to live in and create change for a more unified & sustainable future.
In times of war the call for peace must be even louder. War in any county has an effect on all of us. Some effects we feel more directly than others. The multilayered loss of the Ukrainian war was especially at the beginning just paralyzing. So I started to paint, focusing on one aspect only.
If you want to learn more about my thoughts behind any of these artworks, follow the link "read more".
Art connects. Together we show our solidarity for Ukraine, peace and democracy.
I am so grateful for every artist who joined or supported this project. There is not very much we can do. But we believe that it is very important to speak up and send out our message of solidarity and peace through art.
Some of us are donating to fundraisers. If you are interested in knowing more about one of those pieces, please contact me and I will give you more information.
Aicy Karbstein, Ruby Bassford, Tabitha Beard, Pamela Callen, Carmelo Ciancio, DGAF Embroidery, The Cotton Knot, Nico Gonzal, Sylvia Hill Artsquire, Hobie Hare, Susan Humphrey, Martha Hodge, Candace Morrell, Diana Manchak, Frank Roth, Wayne Thomas, Monica Van Der Mars, Carol Wade, Anja Zander
ART & LYRICS: EQUALITY & SUSTAINABILITY
to individual AND systemic
Nature Comes In All Colors
This piece combines the values of solidarity, equality, one world, and sustainability, which I believe are fundamental for our future. In my opinion, a lot is in transformation already. In so many different regards people are raising their voices and develop more and more ideas how to make this world an even better place. Transformation is a process and there is still a lot that can be done. Just think about one thing that would make this world a better place and try to live it!
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
- Barack Obama
Art inspired by #fridaysforfuture, #blm #equality SOLD
Under the cherry tree
on a moss covered bench
I welcome the new day.
On which my hope spreads
throughout the country
with so many people
sharing the same vision.
That in the future we will be unified.
Cherishing this planet
as one human kind.
Regardless of our origin
and the color of our skin.
Art & lyrics inspired by the project
"Maryland Artists against Racism"
"We, the Future"
"We, the Future" is/will be series of four pieces.
The series combines two different statements. It reflects that we humans have the biggest impact on nature and therefore it is our responsibility to keep this planet save for future generations. And, that within this process tolerance towards diversity and all sexual orientations or gender identities is a given.
Humankind is pictured as integrated part of the complexity of earth's nature. As a single entity, a couple is reproducing a new (golden) earth. And, as the trunk of the tree, they are the pillar for our nature's future, which is represented by the whole tree.
Left: We, the Future #1, (4/20)
Right: We, the Future #2 , (1/21)
Art inspired by #fridays for future & #equality
This abstract driftwood art is inspired by recent events and it shows my support for #blm. But it also stands for raising the awareness to never stop the dialogue between different mindsets.
We all can be bridges.
In so many ways.
Art inspired by #Black Lives Matter
Living close to the Chesapeake's shore, erosion is a topic that our community has to deal with. Especially in winter you see big chunks of the cliffs coming down. This abstract driftwood art shows a fence on the upper part of the cliff above the Chesapeake Bay.
Erosion is real.
Climate change is real.
Reducing our impact on the environment must be one of our most important goals.
Art inspired by #Fridays For Future
I am only one of many
I initiated this project after Georg Floyd got killed in May 2020. I contacted mainly Southern Maryland artists & organizations. Honestly, I was not sure what to expect and I estimated maybe twenty artists to join. I was so thankful to see how many were willing to participate and to show their faces.
Julie Allinson, Norma Baretincic, Janet Barr, Bleecker & Pacific Design, Barbara Boward, Denise Breitburg, Susan Carney, Pamela Callen, Bill Cassidy, Sue Cassidy, Gail Chenevey, Carmelo Ciancio, Lani Clark, Ruth Collins, Donna Carley-Tizol, Wednesday Davis, Elaine Davy Strong, Nancy Donley, Andrea Felder, Craig Fielder, Valerie Frantz, Michael Guarraia, Adam Godet, Tricia Hall, Jeanne Norton Hammett, Molly Hewitt, Scott Hill, Silvia Hill, Martha Hodge, Sarah Houde, Nora Humm, Susan Humpfrey, Aicy Karbstein, David Kelsey, Polly Lange, Joseph Craig English, Judy Larsen, Cedric Magen, St. Mary’s County Art Council, The Mitchells, Candace Morrell, Ron Muko, Renee Nelson, Nutt House Wine & Wood, Joyce Owen, Jackie Pliskin, Dottie Proffer, Carole Purcell, Steve Richardson, Elizabeth Reid, Larry Ringgold, Mary Ida Rolage, Jeanie Rupard, Suzanne Shelden, Lee Anne Shontere, Carol Siegel, Irvin Smoot, Liz Strong Wilson, Merideth Taylor, Lisa Tettimer, Wayne K. Thomas, Carley Tizol, Joe Tizol, Pat Troiani, Tracey Vernon, Helene Vonnegut, Carol Wade, Linda Wharton, Domonic Webster, Toni Wolf, Anja Zander
ART & LYRICS: PERSEVERANCE
The Promise is a newly finished, but actually old piece. I started it when I was in the early 20s. The woman in the center can be associated with different roles: connecting, linking, supporting, unifying, but also with holding, carrying (weight), taking on a challenge. The scene takes place in the early morning hours, leaving behind the darkness of the night and leading into the light.
The Statue of Liberty behind a crumbling wall. There are many conflicts in American's politics and society. This artwork is a reminder that it is not all black and white. There are also gray shades. So we have to start talking and see each other. To people who think like us, but also to those who do not - if possible. Most of us are tired of all the anger & hatred. Most of us long for peace. And, as I stated in my essay (see below), we have to stop the silence between us to get closer together and to change our future to a better, more peaceful, one. Because “silence is not always peace". (Amanda Gorman)
Art inspired by "An Alien's View" (see below)
Time to Heal
Behind the Lyrics
My thoughts to the Capitol riots, January 6th, 2021
Maybe you agree with what you read, maybe you don't. It is not my intention to offend someone. But I have to speak up to be true to myself.
An alien’s view
I came to the United Stated from Germany about eight years ago. Before I was born, my parents lived as social workers in different countries of Africa. Their experience with other cultures had a deep impact on how I was raised. And, it shaped my identification as “German” and my view of nationality in general.
I always felt privileged to be born in one of the so called “first world countries”. I was wrapped in a functioning social system, both on family and state level. Living in Germany I never missed to vote, I protested for different reasons and discussing politics is common in Germany. Still, I never considered myself to be a political person. This is just what people do in Germany. Show flag for what they believe in or what they think needed to be changed. And most of all, for not being silent. Silence is the beginning of all evil - as we all know from history.
We “Germans” grew up with the guilt of Nazi Germany on our shoulders, the killing of six million Jews, along with a high number of political opponents, homosexuals, Roma, Sinti and disabled people. The list is even longer, including the soldiers of the allies who died in battle. That Hitler was able to come to power did not happen overnight. It was more than a century long process of imperialism, patriotism and strengthening of nationalistic thinking combined with supremacy worldview in many countries, resulting in the indescribable human catastrophe of Germany’s National Socialism.
After the war, first there was silence in Germany. But as a Nation, we started to deal with our guilt openly in different ways. One example is that Germany’s National Socialism is a very important topic in school. I don’t say that the historical reappraisal in Germany was faultless or that all that needed to be done was done - neither on international nor on national level. If that was true, Germany would not have to deal with the upcoming of the right wing like so many other countries all over the world. But one thing is true for Germany: We are not silent. We remember. We learn from our horrible past to work towards a better future.
I think, most of us are aware of how much we all are shaped by our families, but also by the social and cultural aspects of the countries we live in. But, first by living in other countries and in particular living in the United States let me truly understand how deep this influence is.
Putting my feelings about the Capitol riots in words is not easy. There is so much to say and much of it has already been said by other people. I - along with many American people and many people in the whole world - knew from the day President Trump got elected, that he could become dangerous. I understand that many people felt left behind, betrayed by the system and disconnected from the American politicians, seeing them as “not one of their kind”. I know also that many people who voted for the Republican Party strongly condemn the storm on the Capitol and are disgusted by how democracy has been violated in its roots. I hope some of them are able to open the eyes for the facts now.
Living through president Trump’s successful attempts to spread hatred between Americans and also between America and other countries for the last four years was very difficult for me. I don’t believe in nationalities. I don’t believe in “one country first”. And I don’t believe that there is one “greatest country” in the world. All countries have their individual strengths, but also their failures. From where I stand, we as one human kind have to deal with very serious issues that we can only overcome together. On a national level this is also true for the United States.
From an alien’s perspective, I see the foundation of many of our problems in the United States in the deeply ingrained patriotism that exist in this country. I am aware that this statement is not acceptable for some of the readers. It seems that an unwritten law exists to never criticize the American patriotism. It is not that I don’t understand your love for your country. The United States have done much – but not only – good for the world. The country is astonishingly beautiful, American people in general are friendly, caring and polite, and democracy is one of the highest values of this country. So yes, you can have patriotic feelings for your country. But, you can only be a true patriot, if you don’t blind yourself for the negative aspects that come with the good.
Besides that, there is one other aspect in particular which is most troublesome for me. The silence I experience in this country on so many levels. This silence has to stop. I know from myself how hard it is to keep the dialogue with people who don’t think like me. I struggle because of different reasons, but in the political context first of all because I am a foreigner. So who am I to criticize someone for the way one was brought up and what shaped one's believe system and worldview? What does it help if I try the keep a dialogue, when people do not even listen to their children, brothers and friends? So I often felt silenced, overwhelmed and unable to make a difference. As much as some of you. But we have to be honest with ourselves. It was also because of our silence that the Capitol riots could have happened. That said, I think we are all guilty.
And, there is not only the need to open yourself up to people of the other political side. Even more important is the need to deal with the failures happened in American history - not only the recent history. The roots for this country’s issues go far back, provided by a system that is built on true capitalism, as well as social and racial inequality. Only by allowing ourselves to deal with our failures (personal and as a nation), we are able to learn.
And only then there can be change for a better future.