Watercolor on Paper with Laser Print on Tissue
22" x 15"
Prices are negotiable on original art.
By Emily Calvo
for Maurice de la Pintiere, a Nazi prison camp survivor who
creates tapestries depicting good and evil
Young Frenchman, Maurice resists
finds himself in tattered stripes
on icy ground behind prison camp barbed wire
between smoking ovens
under gray skies that smother cries.
For two years, he eats potato soup strained of vegetable,
moves forests of trees too heavy for trucks,
Evades growling dogs
who are quick to bite
when bodies falter with fatigue.
Watches the removal of tattooed skin
at the command of a woman
whose avarice seeks the finer lampshade.
Those torn by this life
hang and twist by rope on Sundays
or fall from bullets
shot through frayed clothes.
When Maurice is free,
he draws from memory,
spins stories in six decades of tapestries:
a white steed bursts from red
horned creatures lurk
stars line horizons.
Like spider webs,
the strands capture that which feeds us.
Maurice hangs his visions on hope.
His hook is humanity,
which he ties tightly—
enough to hold peace,
the lightest and most delicate of threads.