HAMBURG, GERMANY was bombed to the ground by the allies during WWII. Everyday I walked to school through deserted streets and the rubble of buildings. This was our playground as children. The terror came out of the sky, I associated the sound of airplanes with fear and nightmares for many years to come. Now I understand that, as a teenager, I wanted to be a stewardess to get away from Hamburg, to conquer my fears, and to see cities and land from above. But, at that time my 5'7" was too tall. What must it feel like to bomb cities from the sky? I had to find out, and so my curiosity took me to take a plane ride. I flew to London to go to art school.
Once I made New York City my home, I regularly flew back to visit my family in Germany. I was fascinated by the way landforms became abstract when viewed from the plane. While I was flying, I took photos, which I then used to create paintings. I worked with the canvas on the floor to recreate the same perspective I had on the plane to construct rural and urban environments. In 2001, I won a residency from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council to paint NYC views from the 91st floor of the World Trade Center and ended up losing all my work and materials in the 911 attacks. Miraculously, I had taken photos of the view to be developed. I used these photos and my memories to create a new series of paintings, to heal and overcome my loss.
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- Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant awarded 2019 for my artistic endeavors.
- My painting ELLIS ISLAND is in a two year exhibit at United States Embassy, Mbabane, Africa. "ART in Embassies Exhibition".