I love it when I get strange visitors, like this one. I paint and suddenly they appear…. not sure where they come from or who they are.
And yes, sometimes they freak me out. This one did and I almost kept her hidden.
Untitled, Ink and acrylic on 170m/g2 acid-free paper, 29 x 21cm by Imke Rust
Some time ago I took a deep breath and released her into the world by posting the artwork on Facebook. I was intrigued and delighted to see that this artwork inspired Bard Judith to write a poem about it and share it on my wall.
The poem again helped me to understand so much about the artwork, as if she has glimpsed deep underneath the paint and found and translated its meaning for me and others.
With Bard Judith’s permission I love to share what she wrote with you here:
Bard Judith said: My own personal response to this powerful ‘visitor’ of yours:
She was blindfolded
for so long the dye of the cloth stained the skin around her eyes. She was labeled with contempt that streaked between both sides of her brain, branded the remnant, the end of the roll. One day the gag finally wore through between her grinding teeth and her song spilled out golden, golden.
Thank you so much for sharing your insights and this lovely poem, Bard Judith!
It is the third time a virtual stranger has written a poem inspired by my art. Isn’t that just so something to be so grateful for?
You can find more of Bard Judith’s inspirational awesomeness on her blog: The Bardic Circle
Now the article is published and I am so grateful for a wonderfully written portrait of my art and me. Thank you, Tobias Döpker, editor of the Mannheimer Morgen Newspaper for taking the time and interest and for summing up the long interview in a perfect way!
So writing today’s post is made very easy for me, as I have the kind permission to share the article with you! Unfortunately for all my English-speaking readers, the article is in German. I am afraid you will miss out this time. I am sorry about that!
But, according to my site statistics the German readership of my blog and webpage has increased tremendously in the past two years and is actually leading in numbers, so here is a small special gift to all of you who are fluent in the German language. 🙂 Viel Spass beim lesen!
Please click on the image to be taken to a readable PDF version.
Magazin spread of the article in the Afrikapost Magazin (2/2014/Juni)
I hope you enjoyed the article! I would love to hear your thoughts about it!
In his fearless quest to protect my brother and father on the farmstead, Bolle, the dog pictured above, has killed several snakes during his life. Unfortunately during his last fight with a vicious black mamba, he got bitten so badly, that unlike previous times, he did not survive the venom and died in September 2010. The loss of the dog was a very sad event for my brother, as he has raised Bolle from being a tiny puppy and the two were inseparable.
For my brother’s birthday this year, I have painted this portrait of Bolle from a photograph which I had taken some time ago. Through the artwork, at least the memory of this special dog can live on in a “physical” form.
Although I have painted many dogs, it was a personal challenge to paint the portrait of Bolle. This was not just any dog and it was meant as a gift to my brother – so it had to really look like him and hopefully also somehow catch his spirit and nature. I am happy, that somehow, while I painted, the trusted magic has happened once again and my brother was overjoyed with his gift. The painting was done on an aluminium printing sheet, which was used to print newspapers – that explains the text which shimmers through the background ;o)
My brother with his painting
Many people know me as “the artist who has painted the red dogs”, due to my firstpublic success with winning the Standard Bank Namibia Biennale with the “Bitumen Dogs” in 2001. I have often worked with images of dogs, usually as a metaphor for different human relationships, most notably for my “Power & Politics” series. I like painting and drawing dogs, they have interesting and versatile forms and shapes. And yes, I love dogs, but not more than other animals. And no, I do not have a dog myself. I am more a cat person. (Click on the links above if you like to view more dog artworks.)