In May 2017, having to recover from an eye retina operation, I took long walks in Berlin, meditating about the impermanence temporality of the body and the transience of life. In Volkspark Hasenheide I discovered the statue of the Trümmerfrau by sculptor Katharina Szelinski-Singer. In that period there was a caterpillar plague in Berlin, and the statue was infested with caterpillar webs from the tree next to it. It was an impressive sight.
Trümmerfrau (literally translated as ruins woman or rubble woman) is the German word for women who, in the aftermath of World War II, cleared away the rubble, brick by brick, in the bombed cities of Germany and Austria. To see this silent statue teeming with busy caterpillars made me once again aware of the transformations of matter and our perpetual return to our origins: Dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.
title: Dust Thou Art
technique: Experimental video and animation
video concept, camera, animation, effects, sound and montage: Maria Korporal
© Maria Korporal 2017