Coldness (Chlod) by Marta Kremer

Coldness (Chlod) by Marta Kremer

Coldness (Chlod)

Marta Kremer

Title

Coldness (Chlod)

 
Artist

Marta Kremer

  1941 - PRESENT (biography)
Year
1970  
Technique
mezzotint and etching 
Image Size
12 11/16 x 9 5/8" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
5 of 30  
Annotations
titled in lower left; dated after signature 
Reference
Kremer Graphics no.23; http://martakremer.com/page9/page9.html 
Paper
heavy sheet of antique-white wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
17705 
Price
$350.00 
Description

Marta Kremer suffered a weak heart as a child, owing to a variety of illnesses that began as a baby when her family lived under Nazi rule in Poland. With scarcity of provisions and her family no longer able to seek professional medical help, young Kremer was left to ride out episodes of illness alone from her bed, where she frequently experienced hallucinations. This period of time, which lasted after the end of WWII and into the new Soviet era, when her parents had to acquire special exemption for their daughter as marches and attendance of Soviet parades became mandatory, remained a source of artistic inspiration for Kremer.

“Coldness” captures the sense of isolation and loneliness of a child in a time of great societal struggle, but with Kremer’s choice of mezzotint to soften the atmosphere of the scene, it is not without beauty. In a sense, the artist seems to hold her childhood self in a nest of safety that defies the truth of the outside world.

This mezzotint and others by Polish artist Marta Kremer can be seen at: http://martakremer.com/page9/page9.html