1. I am extremely glad and relieved to have secured an ongoing studio that is financially sustainable. This studio follows on from a sub-lease studio that I've had for the last 2 years.
2. Very happy that I have been able to adjust my university work commitments to accommodate returning to German language classes.
I've held back from posting on this blog for a little while. Reason being: I am still processing an unexpected trip that I took in late October/ November to visit art and history museums, private art foundations and galleries in Paris and Berlin. It was very exciting to visit and stay with a friend who had a Cite studio in Paris. Being able to navigate Paris and Berlin in three languages- Polish, German and English- was a joy.
On a more serious note, being able to read the Polish and the German bronze plaques on the Polish War Memorial in Berlin was an extremely moving and very sobering experience. Visiting this monument forced me to think and reflect upon my Mother's family and their repatriation to Poland, from the eastern front, at the conclusion of WW2. Observing the Polish diaspora in Paris and Berlin also caused me to reflect and think upon my Mother's historic decision to emigrate to Australia in the early 60s.
When I left Germany in 2012 I made a pact with myself to start learning German on my return to Sydney. During my 2012 trip it was extremely frustrating to not be able to read didactic panels and labels in art museums. To only see long ropes of letters would not suffice. I made a promise to myself: The next time I returned to Germany I would have language. Like most long term goals, this project will keep me busy for many years. My aim is to achieve C2/ academic language credentials.
On telling my Mother about my trip she suggested that I was now missing one other language, Russian. Like many Poles of her generation, she is fluent in Russian because Russian was a compulsory school subject in Poland after WW2. As time is in short supply, I'm more interested in fine tuning my German and my Polish language skills.
In due course I will upload more details about this trip.
|Polish War Memorial, Berlin|