Oma

Oil on Cabinet Door 23.75" x 52"

2001-2007

Completed in stages over a six year period, this painting describes the memory of Joe's German grandmother largely as related to Joe by his mother. She worked as a midwife before, during and after the period of the Reich. As most Germans of those generations, she would rather not have had her life and the life of her people defined by those twelve years. But like most Germans, she is unable to escape it. Being the regional officer for her midwife's union, she was required to be a Nazi Party member, which she accepted. However, much later, when the ill fortunes of Germany in the war brought greater repression at home, she was asked to inform upon clients. This she refused. The Party's response was to attempt to ruin her reputation publicly and make it difficult for her to obtain new clients. When occupation came to her town, she buried her Party badge in a public garden. Every year for a decade she would find it again when she tilled the plot, until eventually she just pocketed it and took it home. When she was instructed to claim compensation from the West German government for being an oppressed person, she declined. A graphic retelling of her story is anticipated in the near future.

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Paintings

The foundation of Joe's work. In painting, Joe discovered the possibilities for visual communication and the greatest historical inspiration. His canvasses are largely earlier works, though he will return from time to time to paint on panels or found surfaces.

Geoffrey's Wild Years Ikarus, No Man Dies Alone Owen Pferd Horse Trinity X Canto- Gunther Prien
Albatros 1918 Still Life with Messerschmitt Sister in Revolution Berlin: Embankment 1945 W. S. Burroughs- American. ...As Promised Selkie
Thomas Bernhard Shared Vision Surf Ta 152 Hitlerjugend A Man of Destiny Everybody Loves Pie!
Edith Vorsicht! Starker Feuerstrahl! Jap Otto and Nico Dog A Story I Heard Once Backsplash
Opa Julia Dick Tait Oma David's Factory V2