Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Kurt Schwitters

My cousin sent me an example of his work today - Beautiful!!

I've received some feedback on my blog post about my planned Lenten Practice for this Lent. "Are you familiar with the work of
Kurt Schwitters?" Well, I was not. Wikipedia has a fascinating entry all about him, and his political stance (against Hitler) during WWII. He is quoted as saying:

"In the war [at the machine factory at Wülfen] I discovered my love for the wheel and recognized that machines are abstractions of the human spirit."[4]

"In the war, things were in terrible turmoil. What I had learned at the academy was of no use to me and the useful new ideas were still unready.... Everything had broken down and new things had to be made out of the fragments; and this is Merz. It was like a revolution within me, not as it was, but as it should have been."[5]

He is best known for his collage work. I've posted an example below. Keep journeying Soul-Searchers.