Trümmerfrauen – One Work of Art to Rule Them All

Angela, Looking at Her Own Art

Trümmerfrauen - Collage

As promised, today I will take you on another excursion! Yay! Well, now don’t be disappointed in a sec and head over to the next best travel blog you come across when I say it’s not a geographical one but one that goes straight into yours truly’s heart aka work of art.

After my little write up on the exhibition opening of LUCKY and my featured artwork “Jimmy Carter & Patty Hearst” I got lots of great feedback (just not in the comment sections – sigh, you people can be so so shy) and actual requests (true story!) to elaborate on some of my other artworks as well.

And since you clearly asked for it and I obviously got easily convinced, here’s to you another one on Angela, narcissistically looking at her own art.

The Beginning of a Whole New World

Earlier this year I got invited to create a work in relation to the hills in Berlin. No restrictions whatsoever. Which is what I love and always gets me real excited (absolute no sarcasm here, darling!). And as you might by now already know and be aware of or if not will sooner or later (let’s hope sooner) find out about me, is that I love to not go for the obvious but the hidden gem. The one that makes you think and think again. And sometimes think some more.

Hence, when I got asked to submit an artwork dealing with all kind of things hills in Berlin I did not submit a painting of romantic hilltop sunsets (remember I don’t paint nor am I into decorative art) but an abstract collage dealing with the myth of mountains made out of rubble so conveniently at hand thanks to WW2.

On Falling in Love and Procreation

But before you get all the goss and details on this one particular piece, a little extra knowledge for your sneaking seeking mind. Let me first offer you a glimpse in how I come up with ideas for my artistic series. See, here’s the deal: I generally don’t go about and come up with a concept for a whole series but it all starts quite specific, focused, if you like, obsessive, some might say. This means I have one concrete idea for one work of art. No, not a series. One piece. But while I work away on it, while I do all the research necessary to tell the story I want you to hear about, I always fall in love with the story line myself. So much, that I can’t say good bye and break up after just one work of art. And hence, I come up with a new script and cast, a sequel and a prequel, whatever fits the bill. One work in all my series is and will always be the parent of all the other works – and basically of the series in itself.

Trümmerfrauen and Their Influence on Role Models

And since I sometimes do listen to your cry for secrets and views behind the scenes, let’s start today’s thoughts on my own art with the one piece that got a series started and not the typical reverse.

Role Models: Trümmerfrauen


How you hopefully can still recall before I let you in on a lil’ secret of mine I was talking hills and rubble and WW2. Trümmerfrauen (or rubble women) is what should or at least could burst straight into your mind.

For most of times and most of people, Trümmerfrauen were such heroic beings that it almost seems crazy that neither Marvel nor DC haven’t produced an empire of movies based on their fantastic deeds.

But finally, this long celebrated heroic role of German (especially Western German) Trümmerfrauen after World War II is being criticized and questioned by many unsentimental observers. And more and more, unfortunately still not most, understand that those heroins, the rubble women, have functioned as decoys. To distract you and me, from Germany’s negative Nazi past, to focus on what has been good and positive, yes, even innocent. Whitewashing your minds and history books.

Role Models

And now? What does the artist do? Does as I told just before. Thinks long and deep and contemplates what is actually the key conclusion in her new work. No, no more WW2 or mountainsides, but thoughts on status, influence and mentorship, on role models that is.

And to put it in serious tones – the language of a so called artist statement – this is what it’s all about:

In Role Models I reflect on the significance and status of figures from past time popular culture, politics, and historic events. Each artwork is based on a specifically selected group and consists of ten portraits, layered on top of each other. The common link between each group of people is their past or alleged status as role models. Due to the selection and positioning of these figures into the context of today, with new gained knowledge, personal development, and critical reflections, I tackle their status as role models and invite to discuss anew their influence on society, history and personal memory.

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now

As you, my dear, can see by now, in my works one idea leads to the next and next – and therefore a series is rarely ever finished or complete. There are always more examples to question and discuss, more patterns to reveal and reprogram.

What’s up Next?

While I keep working on my series’ offspring you can relax and chill before I take you on another journey, not far from where we started.

Let’s Chat!

Talking role models – who were yours when you were younger? A case of on going admiration or rather of shameful let’s not talk about that?

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