It was a dark time when I messaged Amanda Palmer and sent her a couple of pictures I had made, which she’d inspired. Her writing… her art, her grace under fire, her vulnerability, her wisdom, were, and have long been, a source of strength and courage to me.
Little did I imagine she’d have the energy to respond the way she did, given how much she was dealing with.
Even less did I expect what came from it…a suggestion and then a collaboration which led to the creation of a collection of work for The Dresden Dolls inspired by the band, Amanda, and her magical mind. I have called this collection of artworks IN UNISON.
I learned so much from our conversations, and these images contain elements deeply personal to both of us, I think. The ruins you can see in some of the images are churches bombed in Berlin and Dresden during World War 2, which she showed me. She told me of the Trümmerfrauen…the women who wandered through the wreckage of post-WW2 Germany collecting what they could and rebuilding with their bare hands. It became a powerful metaphor for me as I tried in the dying days of 2022 to start rebuilding my own life from the wreckage of life and soul left by the Covid years.
We worked with themes of reunion, renewal, love, destruction, passion, survival, victory, celebration, community…..
I am deeply grateful to Amanda, Brian, Michael, Jordan and Alex for this life-changing experience.