Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Young farmer - sketch for a new Ancestor-Spirit-Mask

Thinking about my grandparents who where farmers and school-teachers in rural Germany.

I look at old pictures (around 1925) of young farmers.

What do their clothes, haircuts and hairdresses tell me about their social status? Can I read personality characteristics in their faces ? Does their postures tell me something about their attitudes?

Their clothes: of which fabric were they made of? Are they "Sunday-clothes"? What about the working-day clothes? Many questions. Drawing helps seeing.


9 comments:

Chris Bolmeier said...

Andrea, When I awoke this morning the word "footsteps" kept going round in my head. Then the movie of my life started running through my head and I felt a deep sadness. What do I need to do with this artistically, I asked myself? I love your sketches, your plan for the outcome and the meaning of your work. The beginning to end process that you employ explodes and seems to lead to your next endeavor. Knowing you makes me feel more powerful in my own work. My love to you across the ocean, Chris

ANDREA said...

Dear Chris, thank you for this loving and meaningful comment. What a forceful "theme": footsteps leading from places to events in the movie of you life...
I personally believe that giving yourself a "theme" and then researching this theme as thoroughly as you can, opens all your creative doors! And leads to the thousand other themes that your heart wants to talk about. In the end it's all about love and connection.

LOL, oh my, here I am, babbling about creativity...
Lots of love to you!

Cris in Oregon said...

I love this drawing. the sepia colors and the writing on it. Nice that you can get your ideas down on paper. I cant always do that.

sukipoet said...

Oh I like this ancestor spirit mask. It has a more contemporary feel. The hat is wonderful. I just found one of my dad's hats in the loft which is similar.

I like your idea about giving yourself a theme and researching. And so lovely the way you say "leads to the thousand other themes that your heart wants to talk about." That is well said and lovely. Your heart is really talking up a storm!!! And you are inspiring others to talk too.

ANDREA said...

Hi Cris and Suki, thanks so much for your comments! Cris, sometimes I get something down on paper and the idea comes afterwards:)
Suki, "my heart is talking up a storm" I love this sentence, and that is what I feel...
I wonder about the hat you found, which shape it has, which material it is made of, which colour....

Lynn said...

I was wondering what this farmer was wearing...a staw or felt hat?
And then about your personal ancestors the teachers and farmers.
So interesting to go back in time and wonder about their lives and see the links on how they influence you today...This is happening me now while working on my Ella quilt. I feel I hardly knew this grandmother, (as an adult can know another adult. I did not as a child have the opportunity to commune much with her) but I see how I have some of her traits (gardener, seamstress/if I can call my sewing that,strong woman,mother,grandmother)I know I have her in me. Fun to think about this, to feel it while I create about her life.

sukipoet said...

The hat in your sketch looks like some kind of woven wool fabric, i can just picture it. My dad's hat is probably felt, dark brown. I'll take a photo. I had a hat collection at my 20 year rental, all hats tacked to the ceiling and walls of a small entryway. I had hats from the 1900's and 1930's and lots of my Gram's hats. Most are gone now since i had to move. Sometimes I woudl bring them places when meeting with other women and we would wear them.

clevelandgirlie said...

I am very moved by what Chris Bolmeier has stated here and it could not be stated more eloquently. I share her feelings about witnessing the "process" of your work and in so doing, I too am finding deeper meaning in my work. Thank you, Andrea.

Cris in Oregon said...

Andrea, thanks for the nice comments on my blog. Hope next year turns out to be a fabulous year for you and your work goes over big at the showings.
Did you get any Paris window shots during the season? It's been fun getting to know you these past couple months. Will be looking forward to more creating from you. ;)oh... we got some snow last night up on the hills behind us. I thought of you and took some pix & will post a couple later on today. The moody mountain turned moody snowy mountain. ;)