Cornelia Genschow – Icons — Collection Southern Rhineland

The family of grasses undoubtedly ranks among the most fascinating and multifarious representatives of plant life. Inconspicuously and ubiquitously they colonize our globe, whether as pioneer plants in the most inhospitable places, whether as lush lawn in temperate zones. True grasses, sedges and rushes constitute a gene pool of roughly ten thousand species worldwide. In contrast to this omnipresence a fatal lack of knowledge and awareness of the enormous cultural-anthropological significance of grasses stands out starkly. Who is really aware of the fact that the cultivation, selective breeding and outcrossing of grasses to crop and cereals, ever more refined over thousands of years, is the basic food resource of human as well as animal life?

Equally significant is the aesthetic dimension of grasses. Their architectural quality is virtually matchless. A delicate composite construction of highly elastic and solid cellular structures enables a leaf of grass to carry a seed head many times heavier in comparison to its height and fabric and to keep it upright against all odds. On closer examination the seed heads themselves prove to be a miracle of form and color. The apparently uniform green mass comprises a multifariousness of individual beauty. We can only marvel at the overwhelming sensuality of individual grass flowers, at the fascinating nuances of greens in a swaying sea of grass. Here is glistening truth and the mind opens up to sensual awareness. All this and much more yield enough material for more than just one artist’s biography.
"I collect grasses and process them in several steps to graffiti on walls in the spatial context of the original grass habitat. Like icons these murals of grasses represent the complex questioning of the relation between human being, nature and culture."

Dear partners, supporters, friends and lovers,

due to the COVID-19 Virus our little ETF! office in Berlin remains closed and we are working from home.

As many fellow artists, creatives and freelancers this Corona crisis has hit us hard.
We had hoped to send out a newsletter this spring informing you all about our 19th venue in Lisbon, which was supposed to open in Carpintarias São Lázaro on the 19th of June 2020.
Now, with all the cancellations and the shut down of cultural life we hope to postpone and for EXAMPLES TO FOLLOW! to still be part of the program of Lisboa Green Capital 2020.
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