Forming an Identity / Sophie Jungreis
For years I’ve been influenced by outward
expressions of the death instinct as manifested in
those beings through whom I lived,
dead people, whose dead spirit nourished me.
My soul yearned for the light, but I remained in darkness.
My work is an attempt to create life within me.
It is a yearning for and a creation of a SELF
that was not spawned by a natural process.
I was born into a dead world in which human spirits wander,
a family of six million dead, whom I embraced
and from whom I received the love I so required.
Eugene O’Neill’s words convey my feelings:
“Man is born broken.
He lives by mending.
The grace of God is glue!” *
The stone is my mother,
petrified and cold.
It is also those petrified layers within me.
I am outside the circle, striving in,
wanting life, not death.
* Eugene O’Neill, The Great God Brown , 1926.