Drawing (352) from THE BASIS OF MAKE-UP
"A seagull on the head of a bronze statue of Winston S. Churchill. Behind it, the wreckage of the bells in the Marienkirche in Lübeck that were smashed in the bombing of the night of March 28th, 1942 following a direct hit. Three Jacob’s Ladders are at the top of the image, none of which touch the ground. The falling octahedron from Albrecht Dürer’s Melencolia I has shattered the brick flooring, leaving a gaping white void beneath. As children, we were unaware that we were the first generation to grow up while entire cities were being rebuilt. It now sends a shiver down my spine that we found it entirely normal to grow up among ruins, just like tens of thousands of children around the world do today. There were also people living there they warned us against, although they never did anything to us. We ourselves were Displaced Persons. The childhood ignorance and the matter-of-factness with which we turned fields of ruins into our playgrounds give me hope. Aside from the fact that the inexorable traumas just started later on." (From: arsenal, february 16).