This is just a little something from my doll closet. It’s Sapphire wearing an extra casting of the two-horned helmet. Did I mention that this helmet was inspired by my beloved artist Sulamith Wulfing?
This one appears to be one of her earlier drawings from when she was only 27 years old, prctically the same age as me. I’m 28.
I’ve always loved this particular drawing not just for its haunting beauty, but because it contains the stylistic characteristics of both her earlier, as well as her later work; it captures the gradual transition between styles, like a still frame of her creative process and represents a moment in time whenÂ Sulamith’s distict and unique style was beginning to truly establish and solidify itself into its mature form.
I value this little drawing because it’s like a nostalgic, Polaroid snap shot of Sulamith’s Wulfing search for her creative identity and her own creative language of symbols with which to express her fantastical inner world.
One day I hope to make a spiritual pilgrimage to her home in Germany, to experience for myself the place where she had lived, worked and died, and to be close to her original paintings, which are still hanging on the walls of her house. I hope that I may see the original of this drawing as well.
I still have to find out where exactly her home is located. All I know is that it’s in the Eilberfeld disctict of Wuppertal, on the slope above river Gelpe. Her address is not exactly advertised. Google Maps tells me that there is a street named Sulamith-Wulfing Strasse in the city, but I’m not sure if that’s in the same place as her home.Â If I can’t find it, then I’m fully prepared to just go to Wuppertal and wonder around town asking strangers if they know where Sulamith Wulfing’s house is. I’m sure I’ll get a lead eventually.
Perhaps one among you, my dear readers, may have visited the house of this amazing aritst and knows where and how it can be visited? I would appreciate any help in finding my way to Sulamith Wulfing-the source of my inspiration.