View from the Window

Cristallerie Saint Louis, Saint Louis-lès-Bitche / Münzthal, région Grand Est, photo: Eva Mendgen, 2021


Pictures come and go
like the light and shadow,
the seasons.
There, where yesterday and tomorrow meet,
the gaze wanders to the horizon
into green, gray, blue
towards the firmament.

…In this distant region memory and imagination cannot be separated. One  like the other work on their mutual immersion.
One like the other, by creating an order of values, bring forward the union of memory and images…
Gaston Bachelard, Poetics of Space

Stanislas Leszinski, Place Stanislas, Nancy, Lorraine, Région Grand Est, photo: die arge lola/regiofactum, 2006


I live, work here
on, with and across borders.
There, where the landscape grows beyond itself,
turning into reverie,
where the here becomes the there,
where light and shadow, near and far
sometimes are the same.

Art is playing an ignorant game with ultimate things and yet it reaches them! Débout, Homme!
Paul Klee, Schöpferische Konfession

When the edge moves to the middle,
the view opens onto new territory.
Step by step my map develops.
It fills with shapes and colours,
in the intermediate realm of art
thoughts are free.

Jardins d’Annevoie, between Dinant and Framerie, Walloon region, Belgium, photo: die arge lola/regiofactum, 2006


Books are piled on my desk
large, small, narrow, comprehensive, simple, complex ones.
Happiness of endless reading.
Bridges between time and space.

Claude Wall, “”L’opulence est une infamie” (L.A.De Saint-Just)”, 2016


Words, sentences in different scripts and languages,
fixed to texts on white paper, leaves rectangular like the window
through which I look over the forest on the other side.
Half in Germany, half in France,
border areas creating their own reality.
Even life arose on a boundary: on the surface of the earth,
between the atmosphere and the solid ground.


Glass archive, Vallérysthal-Troisfontaine, Région Grand Est, photo: die arge lola/regiofactum


Oak profiles cross each other in the window frame,
they determine the direction of the gaze,
create a picture with a beginning and an end,
horizontal and vertical.
The section shifts depending on position.
During the day, the light enchants the inside from the outside,
at night it is the other way around.

Cristallerie, Baccarat, Région Grand Est, photo: die arge lola/regiofactum

… ‘Whence do we come? What are we? Where are we going?A thought which has no longer anything to do with the canvas
Paul Gauguin, Letter to a critic

An idea, a thought can express itself in different manifestations,
take on different forms, in a concept, in a picture,
an object, a house, a book, a website, a letter, a blog,
an exhibition, a poem…
A plan that follows the terrain and not the other way around.

Beauty takes form, boundless,

Eva Mendgen, Sarrebrück, January 2022

Translation by Renate Nahum, London

Dankeschön, Renate : )