A coward is incapable of exhibiting love; it is the prerogative of the brave. ~ Mahatma Ghandi
The little known story of German resistance against the Third Reich is the inspiration for three large mixed media drawings which are part of my ongoing inquiry into political resistance. I am curious how since the 1960s, our post war ideals call upon love as being the answer to our world’s troubles, yet our popular understanding of love does not seem complex or muscular enough for such a task. This series represents those who have historically withstood oppression and claimed compassion as their guiding motivation. I call to mind the practice of memorial and consider each rose image individually even while presented collectively. These roses, sourced from my own neighbourhood, are drawn with materials that withstand many layers of ink as I reclaim the idea of love from a romantic stereotype and affirm its role in social idealism and political resistance.
Also included in the exhibition were three works from Ruins, and a portrait from Fatherland.
History as Personal Memory was an exhibition at the Slide Room Gallery in February 2018. Curated by Wendy Welch (director of Vancouver Island School of Art,) it showcased the work of Ira Hoffecker, Ulrike Walker and myself. “The artists in this exhibition are all of German descent and are addressing the effect WWII had on their lives. While none of them were alive during the war, it has played an enormous role in their personal memories. These memories are based on information gathered from family relations, historical research and poetic imaginings.” (from the exhibition poster.)