Karin: A Goddess
object I want to tell you about is within this group of statues in the Akropolis
museum. I passed several rooms with many female and male statues before I saw
it. I stood some meters away, there were bodies missing, thats what everyone
would see at first glance.
What was so astonishing to me, was the way I put the pieces together
in my mind. I became aware of what I was doing only when I moved
nearer and had a look on the reconstruction beneath. It was such a
big surprise to me as the woman with the snake in her hand was the
goddess of war, killing a soldier with a lance. The statues arm
holding the lance and her helmet are missing and so is the dying
soldier in front of her.
All the same whether this reconstruction is right or not
... What is remarkable to me is what I saw or believed I saw at first
sight. Without thinking I saw a woman on a killing field looking down
and offering her hand to help someone up in front of her. At that moment
the snake represented a healing symbol to me. I had no other
interpretation in my mind.
Although I know about female doers in history, although I know what
women and men are able to do, although I know that cruel gods and
goddesses play their roles in religious thinking - I created this
picture of a peaceful and helpful goddess.
was confused and stood in front of the goddess looking up on her with a
feeling of admiration and disgust at the same time. She looked so
Afterwards I thought deeply about this confrontation. Do I feel pride
looking at objects like this? Do I feel shame?
powerful when I left this museum.
Hann. Münden, Germany