(artwork by me)
“… And with dream awakened eyes she saw all the beauty around her, saw the sea, felt the sun, and knew she had to vanish for a while from the human surface and make every sacrifice in order to create her world anew out of the depths.” epilogue of Life? or Theater?
Charlotte Salomon was 26 years old and 5 months pregnant when she was transported to Auschwitz in October 1943 and gassed the same day. She left behind her an exceptional body of work Life? or Theater? she painted in less than 2 years while leaving in exile in South of France.
In 1943, as the Nazis intensified their search for Jews living in the South of France, she handed the work to a trusted friend with the words, “Keep this safe, it is my whole life.”
Charlotte was a genius, a poet, a visionary, a broken soul.
It is insane how modern she was, how she added texts, captions, and overlays into her paintings… Life ? or Theater? is a total work of art…
Her life a tragedy , beautifully written in David Foenkinos “Charlotte”
Wisdom (Piano and Soprano) by composer Guillaume Gesquière
…then at one point i did not need to translate the notes; they want directly to my hands…
Francesca Woodman. 1958-1981
once you look at her photographs, you will never forget them. She was only 22 when she commited suicide and she brought so much to photography at such a young age. It is incredible to imagine she produced that level of work in her teenager years. today i see her influence everywhere.
Oh i wish i had been taught design, type and photography in the 50s in Berlin by genius Heinz Hajek-Halke. (1898-1983). He was a surrealist, an artist, an anarchist, a visionary. He spent his career experimenting, concentrating almost from the start on montage techniques. I am focusing below on some of the photographic montages and i find each of them fascinating, i see street art, type experiments, graphic design, fashion, humor and…poetry. As an art director, if i had to keep one book on my desk, it would be the complete work by HHH.