Your Golden Hair Margarete

by Ingrid Blixt Graphite on wood
graphite on wood, 42x42in, Ingrid Blixt

Part of the “Stains” series – affectively remembering the events of the genocide in the WWII, seen as a never healing wound, a hit to the core of humanity which still propagates ripples, the artwork represents Herta Bothe, a female SS Guard after their Arrest in Bergen-Belsen (May 15, 1945). The title of the artwork is inspired from Paul Celan’s Death Fugue poem.

“Black milk of morning we drink you at night

we drink you at noontime Death is a gang-boss aus Deutschland

we drink you at dusktime and dawntime we drink and drink

Death is a gang-boss aus Deutschland his eye is blue

he shoots you with leaden bullets his aim is true

there’s a man in this house your golden hair Margarete

he sets his dogs on our trail he gives us a grave in the sky

he cultivates snakes and he dreams Death is a gang-boss aus Deutschland

your golden hair Margarete

your ashen hair Shulamite”

Fragment from Paul Celan’s Death Fugue poem

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