Motherland and Fatherland are two different words and as well, these words mean something totally different to me.

Motherland - that is my land - the origin of everything - the land I carry in my heart. It is that piece of ground where I grew up, where I felt the cold and snow in the winter and enjoyed the sunshine during summertime. Motherland is the little area I was able to discover on my journeys by foot as a child. In my memory, motherland is the time of ripe strawberries, unguiltyness and innocence, tolerance and peace. Everthing good I experienced as it only can be given by a mother. Motherland lasts forever. Wise tribes always name their land motherland.

Fatherland is the counterpart of it all. A synonym for death and destruction and abuse. Fatherland - the word - was created by men, it produces soldiers. Fatherland destroys the environment for profit´s sake. "For God and fatherland" just means someone wants to misuse me. Fatherland is a demagogic suggestion.

Only mother is certain, the primary source of all things.

by Uwe Bressem
Germany, 2002

Two artistamps, 6.8 x 5.3cm. each.

From a mixed media sheet (29.7 x 21cm.) of four.
Perforated, signed, dated.

Permanent Collection
Gift of the artist

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