Photos and words from life in Germany

Friday, October 22, 2010

Stuttgart NEINundzwanzig

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Bye Bye Beauty

Stuttgart 21 bewegt im Moment viele Menschen. Ein grosses Projekt, ein unterirdischer Bahnhof soll gebaut werden um 3 Minuten füher von Stuttgart in Ulm zu sein. Hört sich harmlos an, die Kosten von mehreren Milliarden Euros sind es nicht. 
Das Projekt begann vor vielen Jahren und viele Stuttgarter waren dagegen. Der Höhepunkt der Proteste ist kam mit der Demonstration zehntausender Menschen gegen die Abholzung der Bäume im angrenzenden Park. Die Polizei schlug zu, mit Tränengas, Schlagstöcken und Wasserwerfern. 
Im Jahr 2008 bin ich durch den Park mit den faszinierenden Bäumen gelaufen, sie sind sehr gross und schon sehr alt. In der Rinde fanden sich Gesichter die zurückschauten. Diese Gesichter habe ich fotografiert und in der Serie "Bye Bye Beauty" gemalt.

I'm guessing the big news over here has not even reached across the ocean to over there.  Stuttgart 21 is on many peoples minds these days.  This is a big project to renovate the main train station in Stuttgart making it into an underground railway, and saving 3 minutes on the commute from Stuttgart to Ulm.  Sounds perhaps harmless, but it's costing an undisclosed billions of Euros.  The project has already started some years ago and there have been many a Stuttgarter against it.  But the fight is at it's climax now including thousands of people protesting in the park where the first tree was cut down to make way for the new train station.  The police fought back using tear gas and water cannons.  In 2008 I walked through Schlosspark where those amazing trees stood.  They are incredibly tall and decades older than the politicians making these decisions.  Looking into the bark were faces looking back.  I photographed those faces and painted them in this series  "Bye Bye Beauty"  They've heard the news; unfortunately it’s quite possible that their end is near.  You can see it in their faces.  

Saturday, October 02, 2010

I'm Back

After almost two years sabbatical, I'm back on this blog. The intention for this blog has been to share art photos, artwork, and music. Since having twins 13 months ago, those three areas have slowed down significantly. But the need/desire/drive to create is gaining momentum and I'm hoping that by trying to blog once a week or once every other week, will give me some kind of needed deadline to get some stuff done. I had a break today and started searching through my photos to find some that were taken for artistic purposes.  There were not nearly as many as I would have liked to have found. LOTS of photos of my babies of course... but the other photos I did find told the story of my life right now. Mommyhood. It's clear that my time is spent as a good old housewife and Mother. Below are some images that glimpse into that.

Expired Breast milk slowly makes it way down the drain. Waisted work is more like it. I spent hours mostly in the middle of the night pumping milk for the possibility of the babies needing extra or that chance that I would get to get away and someone else would have to feed them. That was hard to do. Breast milk is such an amazing substance I almost felt like I should have drank it. /////I see Faces. I'm trying to collect the faces I see in so many places. This one being the kitchen vent. ///////// Who said Pizza Crust should be round? ////////Feed Me & Me.

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