– Notierungen zu Krebs
und Not und Tod
(Coping with Death)
Book on the Experience of Dying:
This a book out of the ordinary.
On 80 pages, the author gives an unsparing and heartbreaking account of his
illness of terminal cancer, his fading strength over time, and, eventually, his
willingness to accept the fact that he will soon die.
Wolfgang Bergmann was
a psychologist and family scientist who died in May of 2011 at the age of 67
after a year-long battle with bone cancer. In his lifetime, he headed the
Institute for Child Psychology and Learning Therapy in Hanover, and he also
authored nonfiction books with much success.
before his death, the author asked the publisher to find an artist who could
come up with Japanese-style images to be used inside the book, or log rather.
This called for
non-figurative drawings, brushed with Indian ink. This was the first
time that I created abstract illustrations for a book, and also one of the
rare occasions where I would actually work with real ink and paper, as opposed
to the digital world that I usually work in these days.
say, I was a little reluctant, and also intimidated by the emotional topic that
was offered to my by the publisher shortly after Wolfgang Bergmann passed away. I ended up creating a variety of thick brush stroke images that were scattered in
the book where deemed suitable.
For the jacket cover
of the small book,
I chose a dark linen coating, and a small sheet of paper attached to the linen
that contained the title.