Margaret Hettrick: Picture Above: „Anticipation“
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
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