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Note to a New Contribution

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Margaret Hettrick

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 I have completed “Art Touches Art – 23”, by now. In this contribution I write about the small work of art “Anticipation” of Margaret Hettrick. This is situated on a wood block and, with that it is part of a piece of teamwork, the so-called “block-picture”.

Regarding the work of art “Anticipation” I feel empathy and simultaneously I recognize a creative solution to represent the inhuman situation from which the Natives of America had had to suffer.

The reason, why I am of this opinion, this I have exactly worked out in my contribution no. 23.

To be found under “Art Touches Art” – – – Renate Hugel

„Art Touches Art – 23“

Margaret Hettrick

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Margaret Hettrick: Picture Above:  „Anticipation“

„Block-Picture“

Teamwork (an idea of Heinz Hugel; see to this „Art Touches Art – 16“)

The contribution of Margaret Hettrick is above on the left: Collage (of cut letters) on a partly painted underground on the Wood-Block; extents of the Block-Picture: Breadth: 28, 5 cm, height: Approx. 37 cm, depth: 6, 5 cm; 2000, Bremen (Germany) – – – Picture Below: Detail View

 Anticipation…

On this “Block-Picture” (See: Teamwork “Art Touches Art – 16”) the contribution of Margaret Hettrick (MH) is under the upper degree edge on the left side. With some few, mostly straight brush set tongues she has created a background for her work. These tongues partly go almost parallel from above to down, however, change their direction in some places. In color these thoroughly thick brush lines move between brown tones, warm white tones and blue. An area which consists of “neighborhoods” of broad ribbons has arisen. At first these brush traces appear like an area without an inner connection. The colors do not increase mutually to an inner “vibration” – they rather seem to be without power and joyless! The detail view shows it: Absolutely there are human shapes recognizable. They do not show any individual trains and seem to sink in the chaos!

Everything seems to be determined of incoherence, separation and lack of purpose. – Therefore I think that MH has outlined here the outer one like also inner situation symbolically as it had become reality for the American Natives in the past.

On to this “background”, MH has stuck letters. (As I had described in „Art Touches Art – 6“, MH had worked during the symposium with pictures, letters or also with words. For her plan she had collected magazines in the front-end. These had become her material- fund by having cut everything out which seemed suitable for her intended topics and picture-ideas to her.) Also for her contribution in this “block picture” she had worked in the described manner with her “material” she had arranged before. Almost parallel to the upper edge of the wood-block, on can recognize a word when looking exactly on the left: It is the concept “Angst” (“fear”). It is the word “fear” (“Angst”) which is standing there with swaying letters, hardly decodable above all. She therefore confronts the observer with that, that “fear” is “pulling away the floor below the feet”…

Below the word “Angst” (“fear”) other letters tumble to down. As soon as these letters are perceived, the word “Anticipation” can be agreed fast.…

So we see a background representing a prevailing mood which is mastered by fear. MH also shows with the chosen colors, the ribbons, in which incoherence the American Natives had been in the past: They were robbed of their complete conception of their world, were not allowed to speak their own language any more, and had become homeless and on the flight. This is a condition which frightens because their ego had been broken with that – and all intimacy had been crushed! This means in the consequence that a lack of perspective had been the result! They could no longer see their future positively and not plan for sighted with regard to their future in every regard.

With the loss of the previous life the loss of future also adapts!

The body still exists but the inner construction of the person had been pulled down. In consequence, the loss of the conception of the world of one’s own happened. And above this whole disaster the fear rules over this scene and the possible danger at every time from the outside…

Where do the dreams remain, where the plans for a tomorrow, and where the hope for a fulfilled life?!

The answer to this question gives Margaret Hettrick with her small work of art on the “block-picture”. The expectations coming up to a tomorrow and, or to the far future fall down and do not exist anymore…

My interpretation counts on the English or American meaning of “anticipation”. If I consult the dictionary, the concept “anticipation” is translated with “expectation” there. A second meaning is listed, though, namely the meaning “pre-result”. This second meaning comes closer to the meaning of the German concept of “Antizipation” (in the German language). As regards content I see the more conclusive meaning in the significance “expectation” (for “anticipation”) in regard on the intended statement of Margaret Hettrick.

On her small work of art, to the future, all expectation is plunging into the depth – a crash which drags along “man-being”!  

In connection with this, I also would like to point to the rusty barbed wire rest, the contribution of Heinz Hugel in this “block-picture”. He has intuitively added a symbol with that which immediately makes clear which terrible reality had come true for the American Natives! He therefore intensifies the statement of Margaret Hettrick’s work of art with that.…                                                   Interpretation: Renate Hugel

To complete my contribution, I still mention the artists of the other contributions on this broadside of the “block-picture”:

On the right, next to the contributions of Margaret Hettrick and Heinz Hugel a contribution of Jereldine Redcorn can be seen. Below on the left, there is a contribution from Kelly Church, next to this on the right there is the one of me. On the upper area of the thick wood block there is to be seen in the top view the work of art (already mentioned in “Art Touches Art – 16”) of Roland Schneeweiss.            Renate Hugel

Remark 1: Current stand: To Margaret Hettrick I have written under “Art Touches Art” the contributions “Art Touches Art – 6” and “Art Touches Art – 23”.  In addition, there is a mention under “Art Touches Art – 16” (the contribution to the teamwork “block-pictures”).

Remark 2: The contributions under „Art Touches Art“ refer to the symposium „Attempt of an Encounter – Five Native American Artists meet five European Artists“. This had taken place in Bremen (Germany), in the year 2000. Whoever would like to ask about the genesis of the symposium can scroll back till „Art Touches Art – 1“, then continue scrolling back till Information about ‚Art Touches Art‘; after that you find then the „Chronology of the Past History“.                                     Renate Hugel

Note to “Art Touches Art 22”

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Renate Hugel

“Art Touches Art” – art-meetings of a special way”

I have completed “Art Touches Art – 22”, by now. With my work of art “Singing of a Young Day” I have created an „Ode to the Art“. And I appreciate the special working atmosphere – which had adapted in the course of the symposium – at the same time with my work…

To be found under “Art Touches Art”

Renate Hugel

„Art Touches Art – 22“

– Renate Hugel –

Singing of a Young Day

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“Singing of a Young Day” by Renate Hugel from the series “Falls of the Folds” – – – Mixed technology and collage with different sorts of papers, “Painting with Paper” – approx. 38 cm x 48 cm – – – 2000, Bremen (Germany)

Singing of a Young Day

For the symposium I had intended to form my pictures with papers as different as possible. I had not thought of a collage conclusively in the conventional meaning. I wanted to have a try, with these collections of material to “paint” with the help of “wallpaper paste applied much”. It will come to plications of the papers, this was inevitable at my planned procedure, such a procedure means. Therefore I have raised the plications to the principle and have let become them part of the design. I had defined this artistic intention, described above, with the concept “Falls of the Folds” for my new series.…

The collected papers were tissue paper, transparent paper or wrapping paper and others – but also packing material made of plastic or dressing material.…

Another sort of paper also had belonged to my paper collection for these “Falls of the Folds”: Into this paper originally new shoes had been packed (in the shoe carton). This very thin paper had the quality to get sodden while being in contact with much water. And this happened while painting with much wallpaper pastes: it got sodden so that this paper disintegrated to gooey particles. Then I could paint directly with this pulp. Depending on quality of these papers this “mash” turned whitely or also mocha-colored.

By dropping myself at this way to paint, I had been concentrated on myself, became “one” with my actions. Spontaneously, I had been included by an energy during my work at the work shown above, what now had let me become also “one” with the moment of the presence! This present time belonging to all of us in this symposium had   integrated itself into my work-rhythm, accompanied my work-process through the continuum forming the time. Those commonly experience-able vibrations in the room had increased this “me-experience”: For, everybody had just been filled as everybody, in the room with that “what every single person had driven”:

I had floated in a room full of positive vibrations. Because, everybody had “sung his (or her) own song”. And this caused a rise of all concentration, dedication to the actions of one’s own, like also the appreciation of art!

Sometime I had declared my work ready spontaneously, stopped and looked on my work. The first thought which suddenly arose in me was “Singing of a Young Day”

Why “singing”? – This had been my second thought.

I did not know it; the thought had been born out of the moment and had got out of the belly virtually!

I had noticed at a much later time that there is a thing determined of yellow situated in the center of the picture reminding of a bird body. Directly after the painting process all papers had been still wet; with that, minimal movements happened on the picture surface. By having imagined this idea afterward inwardly, it sudden had been for me as if I would be able to recognize the breathing of this bird by his body while he had put the head away:

It is or else as if one hears the song of the birds as a city dweller in the garden or in the park, in the woods, on the meadow, in the meadows…

This “opening-of-inner-doors” of such a singing of birds, this had been the feeling which had become high staircases expressed by my picture in me. And the words had established themselves in me presently: “Singing of a Young Day”

We experience an “opening of inner doors” in the music like also in the fine art. From this the longing to cultivate the arts actively or to experience her as an observer or listener arises.

Our “singing” during the symposium had been a quiet and noiseless one: namely letting get arising art.…

                                                                                                                                               Renate Hugel

Remark 1: Current stand: To Renate Hugel I have written under “Art Touches Art” the contributions “Art Touches Art – 9”, “Art Touches Art – 17” and “Art Touches Art – 22”.  In addition, there is a mention under “Art Touches Art – 16” (the contribution to the teamwork “block-pictures”).

Remark 2: The contributions under „Art Touches Art“ refer to the symposium „Attempt of an Encounter – Five Native American Artists meet five European Artists“. This had taken place in Bremen (Germany), in the year 2000. Whoever would like to ask about the genesis of the symposium can scroll back till „Art Touches Art – 1“, then continue scrolling back till Information about ‚Art Touches Art‘; after that you find then the „Chronology of the Past History“.

                                                                                                                                              Renate Hugel