‘The Fertile Crescent’ (2009) – Anselm Kiefer

'The Fertile Crescent' (2009) - Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer is a very interesting artist; his work dips into the alchemical aspect of utilising normal materials to reinforce deeper meanings within the work; his work delved into the fate of art in our society, and the everlasting trauma experienced by entire societies, and it’s constant birth and renewal, as well as these cycles found within the lives of the everyday man. The fertile crescent was part of a two -piece exhibition; the other areas of the work focused on dense forest triptychs crafted with thorns within the paintings, inspired by the dark and dense forests of the German hills.

This piece, however, is inspired by Kiefer’s journeys to India, where he first discovered the rural factories that crafted bricks continuously. Over the past decade the photographs Kiefer took in India “reverberated” in his mind to suggest a vast array of cultural and historical references, reaching from the first human civilization of Mesopotamia to the ruins of Germany in the aftermath of the Second World War, where he played as a small boy. Kiefer is fascinating because he himself is a part of a culture and race that does it’s best to ignore it’s dark and horrific past, whereas Kiefer chooses to acknowledge and remind us of the horrors and atrocities that have been wrought by our own hands, and the subsequent rebirth that we have experienced.

It’s very dark work, and yet so fascinatingly haunting.

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