STAIRS

These gouache works on paper, based on blueprints that document staircases in the houses of displaced people, are being developed into a series of murals for the exterior walls of buildings in Berlin and the United States.


Murals will be painted in identical pairs: one in Germany, one in the city to which an exile fled. For example, a mural showing the stairs of Walter Gropius’ Berlin home could be painted in Cambridge Massachusetts where he taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


The project’s aim, inspired by the powerful, moving memorials integrated into Berlin’s city fabric, like Gunter Demnig’s Stolpersteine and Christian Boltanski’s Missing House, is to join their subtly haunting conversation on memory and loss, and extend it beyond Germany.

Bayernalle, 12 Stairs
2013
gouache and ink on vintage paper
11"x16"

former residence of Johannes Itten

Olivaer Platz, 4 Stairs
2013
gouache and ink on vintage paper
11"x16"

former residence of Mike Nichols (born Michael Igor Peschkowsky)

Prinzregentenstraße, 11 Stairs
2013
gouache and ink on vintage paper
11"x16"

residence of Lucian Freud

Kaiserdamm, 20 Stairs
2013
gouache and ink on vintage paper
11"x16"

former residence of Otto Dix

Wilhelmsaue, 3 Stairs
2013
gouache and ink on vintage paper
11"x16"

former Jacobson residence

Am Park, 15 Stairs
2013
gouache and ink on vintage paper
11"x16"

former residence of Leo Baeck

Paderborner, 9 Stairs
2013
gouache and ink on vintage paper
11"x16"

former residence of David Friedmann

Walter Gropius Memorial Mural

Rendering, Boston, MA

Bayernalle, 12 - Johannes Itten Memorial Mural

Rendering, Berlin Germany

Kaiserdamm, 20 - Otto Dix Memorial Mural

Rendering, Berlin Germany

Paderborner, 9 - David Friedmann Memorial Mural

Rendering, Berlin Germany