Susan Rich

Susan Rich

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To Paint Her Life Was One Solution

        after Charlotte Salomon, 1917-1943

As she walks heated hallways, she imagines her mother’s bones — in beveled frames, as scorched

stones, rough surfaces riding inside her throat. Between the wars, suicide was fashionable — all the rage

among Berlin’s modern women — and her mother always loved to follow trends. Charlotte mouths her mother’s

favorite words — when I transform into a ravaged star — and then disappears into her watercolors, paints a stone, a Nazi train car.

Photo Credit: Staff
Karen An-hwei Lee

Karen An-hwei Lee

M. Stone

M. Stone