They Won the War…

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A wise woman once said: “To find one’s inner child one needs to recover a child’s ability of trust and wonder.”

Since the beginning of human history people have been searching for something, someone beyond themselves – the Divine – to protect and guide them.

Over thousands of years the Latvian culture has preserved their search, their spiritual and everyday experience in songs and poetry called Dainas.

More than 1.2 million texts and 30,000 melodies of folk songs have been identified. They are still sung in the Latvian Song and Dance Festival that unites approximately 30,000 singers.

The song chosen for the performance tells about trust, letting go and wonder.


The sculpture symbolizes an inner guardian, who is able to protect, guide and nurture one’s inner child.

Canide(dogs, wolves, jackals) were regarded as the guides of souls in several mythological traditions.

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(Resin, Teabags, Performance)

And another, smaller guardian


Safe as Houses

Ursula Glienecke Safe

Safe as Houses

… an English saying indicating perfect certainty and safety when in doubt.

How many people in this world are dreaming of safety?

How many are aching for just one good night’s sleep? Numerous people suffer from insomnia which is either stress or trauma induced.

How wonderful it would be to sleep peacefully and in safety just once…

A see-through, almost invisible form of a house creates an illusion of an enclosed place, of safety and protection.

The Methacrylate suggests a dream-like quality of the space. In the middle a transparent, insubstantial figure is sleeping deeply.

Is she dreaming of safety?

Is she protecting herself?

Is someone protecting her?

Or is she just a dream herself?

Ursula Glienecke safe2

Methacrylate , plastic , tempera on canvas 20×20 25x30cm