I wasn't gone a few months or over the summer. I was gone for more than 9 years. Things feel exciting and also overwhelming.
What I look forward to the most is living where I will be fully literate again. For years I have been unable to read or write fluently in German. This experience has changed me down to the very core of my being.
Those of you who have been around long know that a lot of my artwork has been about exploring cultural identity. Here is the second of two hearts I made as self portraits before leaving Europe. This one was made from that page in the newspaper that comes out on the 4th of July and was spray painted with a big heart-shaped chocolate box and a metal braided chain. I threw in a little touch of vintage fabric and then laced it up like a Dirndl. It will be on exhibit in Nuremburg soon. More on that later.