Hoch und strahlend steht der Mond.
Ich habe meine Lampe ausgeblasen, und tausend Gedanken erheben sich von meines Herzensgrund.
Meine Augen strömen über von Tränen.
Paul Klee (1916)
High and radiant is the moon.
I blew out my lamp, and thousands of thoughts rise up from the bottom of my heart.
My eyes overflow with tears
Paul Klee created a text-painting using these words a hundred years ago, the year he was conscripted into, though never fought for, the German army. I saw this painting just days after the UK voted to leave the European Union. I was touched by it’s simple, fragile vulnerability made at a deeply fractured time.
The 20-minute piece is divided into five movements: I] transparent lament II] porous with loss (i) III] untitled IV] porous with loss (ii) and V] rising, rising.