artists Ann-Margreth Bohl reports on her recent trip to Laubach
the end of June I set off for 12 days to Germany to attend the 2nd
international art-symposium in Laubach ( www.kuenstlersymposion-laubach
). My rucksack full of stonecarvingtools I arrived in this little
town Laubach in the center of Germany. The town spreads around a
castle and it's grounds. It's enthusiasm for art and culture clearly
penetrated the atmosphere. For me, the first time away from my children
(8&4). I could not believe my luck. materials,accommodation
and delicious food all provided.
I had 12 days ahead of me to focus on my stone, to create within
this time a piece inspired by the park I was privileged to work
The stone was harder and larger than my previous pieces, consequently
I worked from dawn to dusk (which was no hardship at all). I was
one of 16 artists, we did not know each other, which soon changed,
and our mediums were all very different. From a conceptual video
piece to watercolours,to a giant metal structure above a grave.
A debate was initiated by the organisers and a literature professor
of the near by university about "why do humans need art?".
The symposium ended with an exhibition, during which art pieces
could be purchased by the viewers.
I was one of the people selling my artwork and I was very glad I
did, as I think there would have been no way to get that stone through
customs on my return journey.