Friday, 29 July 2011

Eastern Roots

My mother's family came from today's Poland, belonging to a German minority living in a part of the country called Silesia. During the 2nd World War, she and her family had to emigrate to Western Germany, and that's where she met my dad.
This mixed media work is about her family after her dad had died.  She always told me that her ancestors came from Mongolia - as in 1240 the battle of Liegnitz  (close to her birth town) with Attila the Hun had taken place, and her whole family had quite a lot of Asian features, including strong black hair, high cheekbones and very dark, beautiful eyes.


I created this shrine by combining items reminding me of my mum, or items having belonged to her. It's not yet finished - I want to cover it with glass, having a larger frame built around it to protect it from dust (just a practical thought...)


This work combines mainly paints and inks. I was inspired by fonts and handwritings.


Material: manila envelope, acrylics, stamp, paper, inks, oil crayon