Spawn of Teufelsberg
Gouache on cotton, sheets, furniture, colored blocks, newspaper, mug, antenna
Spawn of Teufelsberg takes its title from an artificial hill in Berlin, Germany called Teufelsberg that was built from the rubble of WWII by female volunteers. During the Cold War, the NSA built one of its largest listening stations on top of this hill. My “translation” of the hill is imbued with an unstable national identity, a conflicted Americanism of double binds, instincts and learned affinities, and broken bootstraps that nevertheless express transcendental and democratic ideals.