If only to kill time
The title of this work refers to the sentence: “Where there is wool, there is a woman who weaves, if only to kill time. Oskar Schlemmer, artist and professor spread this saying in the Bauhaus. At that time, only some women managed to take part in workshops other than textile, they could not obtain a diploma and only a few could teach. It seems the leading avant-garde group developed progressive ideas in relation to art, design and architecture, but surprisingly, they happened to be strongly conservative towards the role of women in society.
I painted the wall of an exhibition space in pink to evoke the stage of the “Triadisches Ballet,” his main piece. During the exhibition I used chalk to turn it gradually into white. The work was followed by a talk held in the original class used for the textile workshop, in the Van de Velde building of the Bauhaus University in Weimar. That day, Ronny Schuler, author of “Die Handwerksmeister am Staatlichen Bauhaus Weimar,” shared with us untold stories about the female situation in the first years of the Bauhaus.