Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Confessions of a germaphobe

A few weeks ago on my birthday, I chose as a treat to go on a date with myself to the library. It was very enjoyable, I read a book on germs. I didn't check this book out because I'm the sort of person who would seize up if I knew too much about the greeblies that live in our home. Most people know now, that the toilet is relatively clean compared to, say the kitchen sink which is really a swamp of the Black Death. I didn't know though that anti-bacterial cleaners are completely ineffective and according to recent studies the best way to sanitize something is to scrub it. ( and then manically wash your hands afterwards.) Of course I've been scrubbing away ever since, it is actually a very satisfying activity, I've just been watching months of fungal growth disappear down the plug hole in the shower.
Today's drawing is of the German artist Kathe Kollwitz (1867-1945) She was married to a doctor and was very busy helping him in his practice, looking after her two boys and the household as well as prolifically working at her art. She was a multi-tasker, she drew the women of the working class who waited in her home to see the doctor. Lots of women who did a hell of a lot more scrubbing than I do.

4 comments:

Africantapestry said...

Great sketch, Deb! And a happy belated birthday...hope it was a good one and the new year even better..
Ronell

caseytoussaint said...

Oh dear - please don't get me started on germs. My French friends already think I'm a nut case
This is a very well done, sensitive drawing. I like the way you work with line.

martín.dibujandoarte said...

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Genine said...

This is great. I enjoy your portraits.