Studio Sixty Six
Gerhard Kaiyer, Plot 2, Row 38, Grave 905 & Cornelius Schmitz, Plot 2, Row 38, Grave 904, St. Desir-de-Lisieux German Cemetery, St. Desir 2015

Gerhard Kaiyer, Plot 2, Row 38, Grave 905 & Cornelius Schmitz, Plot 2, Row 38, Grave 904, St. Desir-de-Lisieux German Cemetery, St. Desir 2015

Pigment ink on cotton fiber
21.5 x 16in. / 54.61 x 40.64 cm
Mounted on 2in. black gator board  
Edition 1/5 

Artist Insight 
The statistics are staggering; they are impossible to comprehend. However, it is the individual stories that touch me the most, that make me want to sit down and weep. It is the power of the personal, the power of one. As I sat in front of each marker, I ran my hand across the chiselled words and felt profoundly connected to the past. 
The war cemeteries in Normandy are scattered throughout the pastoral countryside where years of brutal occupation were followed by months of fierce fighting. The contrast between 1944 and now is striking. The chaos and carnage of the battlefields of 75 years ago have been replaced with the tranquility and beauty of the war cemeteries today - so peaceful and so precisely laid out. Ordered death.

$600