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Remembering Vera David

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March is not only the month of International Women’s Day, but also marks the birth and death of a remarkable woman, whom we want to celebrate today. Vera David was a brilliant mind and rebel spirit, Herman’s creative collaborator and life partner for over 30 years, and our mother. Today we wanted to talk about her and the creative role she played, from the early days of street theater festivals and painting actions to Art in Nature.

Some of the most poetic and poignant artworks in the landscape grew out of Vera and Herman’s partnership. Parler de la nature c’est parler de l’amour (To speak about nature is to speak about love), a homage to the cedar forest of Luberon (France, 1996). This artistic-literary work was inspired by “the on-site experience and atmosphere of the cedar forest … a gentle intervention in which metamorphosis will gradually dissolve the materials into the forest, leaving almost no trace.” (V. David)

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The Typhoon Came (Shikoku, Japan, 1997), another direct collaboration between Herman and Vera, was a site-specific intervention that used found materials — cedar trunks damaged by a typhoon and bamboo stems. The site was chosen during a walk through the forest.

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Vera was also an integral part of the workshops that she and Herman organized with art students, subtle interventions in nature that introduced them to new experiences of landscape, the idea of sculptural places, and walking, seeing and connecting with the materials on a sensory level as exercises in perception.

“The sensitizing of attentiveness, wakefulness, are prerequisites for creative work.”

– Vera David

Vera and Herman shared a creative conversation that spanned decades. They exchanged ideas. They loved, supported and challenged each other. They debated and discussed and dreamed together, creating the intellectual and artistic foundation that informed their joint body of work, as well as everything Herman did on his own. Theirs was a love story that permeated every aspect of their lives. She is as much a part of this artistic legacy as he is.


Written by frannyink

March 8, 2018 at 5:10 pm

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Where is the website?

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Ich weiss, es sollte eigentlich schon längst eine Webseite über Hermans Arbeit geben. Aber alles dauert immer viel länger als man erwartet. Das Design ist fertig, das Programming ebenso. Der Grund für das lange Warten? Ich schreibe immer noch die Texte für die Site. Da ihr alle aber schon so lange wartet und es sich momentan verschiedene Sachen bewegen, dachte ich ein Blog wäre schon mal ein guter Anfang! Ich hoffe es macht euch Spass.

Das Blog werde ich versuchen auf Deutsch und Englisch zu schreiben.


I know, I know, there should’ve been a website by now about Herman’s work. But everything always takes so much longer than originally anticipated. The design is done, so is the programming. So what’s the hold up, you might ask. Well, it’s me. Eight months since the designer and programmer got done and I’m still writing the texts for the site. Since you’ve been waiting for so long, I thought a blog might be a good way of filling the gap, particularly since several things are happening at the moment that might be interesting to all of you. I hope you enjoy it!

I’ll be writing the blog in German and English.


Lo sé, lo sé, ya debería haber una página web sobre la obra de Herman en la red. Pero, todo tarda más de lo planeado inicialmente. El diseño está hecho y la programación también. Os preguntaréis a qué se debe la demora. Pues, soy yo. Han pasado ocho meses desde que el diseñador y el programador acabaron su tarea y yo aún estoy escribiendo textos para la página. Ya que habéis esperado tanto, pensé que un blog sería una buena manera de rellenar el hueco, sobre todo porque están pasando varias cosas en estos momentos que podrían ser interesantes para todos vosotros. Espero que lo disfrutéis!

Escribiré el blog en Alemán e Inglés.

Written by frannyink

April 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm

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