In 2004 I had a big exhibition with my works about yonis and roses in the Titusforum in Frankfurt am Main/ Germany.
It happened on the occasion of the theatrical performance of the ‘Vagina Monologues’ from Eve Ensler by the ‘English- Theater- group/ Frankfurt.
It was remakable, that all, men and women stood in awe and wonder before the works, feeling so much honor for what they saw… witnessing these expressions of such an intimate topic.
I felt a bit nerveous about the parents taking their children out of the painting -school, but the contrary happened: some asked me, if I had place and might take their children or teenagers under my wings…
Below my statement, that I presented before the audiance.
My speech to the exhibition ‘Roses and Yonis’
I created this, because it is very important to me to revive the powers of the earth and to help maintaining them.
The reason why I took the yoni-form is, because it is the very first expression of the divine-female energies.
The word ‘yoni’ sounds mysterious. It originates from the Sanskrit. In many Hindu-temples one can find this symbol, often it is symbolically nourished together with the Shiva- Lingam (penis) with honey and milk, that gets poured over them.
And two, I created this serie, because it seems to me, that we have a lack of humility to sincerely look, where life is coming from.
We are so focussed with our intention on making a good impression, as if our life depends on what people think about us, as if life came from them and proudly we strut like cocks always looking for approval from the outside.
To bend down so deeply to us it feels uncomfortable and embarressing… but – it makes sense!
Because only there, where nothing remains for the show towards the outside, we are who we truely are, without mask, without make-up.
I discovered while painting, that our facial features change with every thought or emotion, but not our genitals.
So we come from the level of explaining everything (mind) into our feeling (heart) and from there we can stand up for a ‘You’, for a vis-á-vis, a being together with each other, a sharing, strongly connected to our roots, through which we receive our nourishment and existence.
In a vision, I heard myself say: ‘I help the vagina to a rebirth, she wants to be seen.’
That surprised me!
When we replace ‘Vagina’ with ‘Mother Earth’, the meaning becomes obvious:
when we touch the ground, when we breath the air in such an open sensual way, everything is penetrated by her presence and we experience to feel so safe with every step we do. She gives us our freedom!
And so is this, what I’m doing today out of gratitude to Mother Earth, that allows me to be, whatever I choose to be here, being embraced by her energies.
There is a person present here, to whom I promised to share the following:
‘I love my vagina.
Because it soothes me, caresses me,
makes me feel at home and right,
why so far down, why not up in the sky?
Because that’s where our home is…!’