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Transplant by arminmersmann Transplant by arminmersmann

Pencil and watercolor on watercolor paper, original 40” x 30” Giclée prints 20” x 24”

First I want to apologies about posting work this old (more than 10 years) but this is the most personal drawing I have ever created. Its not technically my best nor conceptually the most interesting but very important in my personal history as an artist. The process also released many demons, which is icing on the cake. The reason for the post is to stress what a great thing it is to really dig into your personal symbolism.

When my parents and I immigrated to the United States. My first morning in this new country as I was looking across the infinite flat land of lower Michigan, and my first pangs of homesickness hit. As I gazed teary eyed at this new landscape I imagined being a plant that was ripped out of a beautiful garden and transplanted in this vast emptiness. As the plant was lowered into this “grave” all colors faded. Instead of the flower leaning towards the sun, it bent towards to its old home and wilted in the process.

Twenty-eight years I produced this work, partly form an early sketch that I made that fateful day. The Geranium represents myself, the heart in the clouds symbolism my old home and the grandmother that was left behind. The planter is made out of barbed wire (it’s hard to see in this small version) this represents not having a choice in the matter, and the rectangular box “grave” is the vacant, lifeless country which was now my new home.

Thanks for looking.

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m-gosia Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2016
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mezoomozaa Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2015   Traditional Artist
I'm crying looking at this photo!
I have watched it for the first time many years ago, I haven't logged in deviantart since then, this is photo is still etched in my brain.

The most powerful drawing I have ever seen! it tells the exact dilemma of feelings I'm having now, I want to stay where I belong, I fear my next destination!
GaNPNanniPasca Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2015   General Artist
the use of only few colours give a great impression to this work.. very evocative!! 
wdnest Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Writer Featured here.
Immy-is-Thinking Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
:wave: I featured you here... I think i featured it before so apols if I'm asking again, but I like to be polite... [link] - I hope thats ok. :hug:
5-blue-marks Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
hummbuzz Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2012
I have featured this image. [link] :sun:
Scapegoat999 Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2012
Wow this is amazing.
i-am-tsukiko Featured By Owner Mar 9, 2012  Student General Artist *speechless*
LucentAllure Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
your amazing work has been featured here :D [link]
cntryhart88 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i love the colors, concept and story behind it. It helps the visualizer understand the piece thoroughly and emotionally connects one to the piece.
sharonscapes Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2011
Your work is wonderful.........
Immy-is-Thinking Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
i featured this here [link] i hope thats ok, its so beautiful :heart: :icongreengrinplz:
simpleoOgirl Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2010
lovely work
you are truly talented
totally-not-crazylol Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I like this. Even though I live in Australia, which is a very dry country as you probably know, I could never imagine living anywhere else, away from this native vegetation and the bush and the sea.
taylorsfan298 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
so u dont like the united states? and lovely work
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
no i like the States just fine but im not a patriot that's all
taylorsfan298 Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2010
ooooooo ok. lovely peace btw
zurizu Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010
:) No comment ...u know ..really awesome.
zliicka Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2010  Student Artist
I really love your work
this one is awesome:D
Anne-Marie-Angel Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010   Traditional Artist
wow..Awesome, stunning, perfect:clap: it's really a true Piece of Art, congratulations:clap:
BrianFIN Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Perfect title for a perfect piece of art.
Forest-of-Blades Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009
Maybe this is not your most interesting concept (when compared to all the others), but the personal meaning is so deep that it grants the image a huge power.

While most of your drawings arise emotions like anger, fatality and bitterness (which is subjective, of course - it's just the kind of person I am), this one is filled with abyssal sadness and the crystal beauty of heartache.

I'm thinking about a lot of things while looking at this, but I won't comment too long, because there's a part of this which has to stay "yours only"... Just a few things though :

- Geranium was a good choice, considering its usual place in people's environment.
- The hint of colour accentuates the withering state.
- An empty square is a very realistic way to represent United States (and not only because your roots were spherical).
- ...ok, enough already.

I really enjoyed that one.
arminmersmann Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you, love your translation. When you draw from your heart thing happen that are truly special. If I where to draw a drawing on the homeless yes it pisses me off and frightens me but I’ve never been homeless can I do this justice? Yet great actors do this all the time by imaging themselves in that spot so it’s possible but very difficult.

AlchemistAndrew1234 Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2008
wow :D
SiloSpyrole Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2008
WOWIE that is cool
damny Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2008
This is awesome! Like a dream!
derrickfong Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2008
NixandMuk Featured By Owner May 20, 2008
love your comment though sad. i understand you. :)
CindysArt Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
So very lovely work!! :rose:
warnertoddjames Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2008
very inspiring creations you have :clap:
sorrowfloats Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2007
perfect, simply perfect :D
FractalEyes Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
I have paired this wonderful image with a poem in my journal - [link]

If you would prefer that I don't include it, please let me know. :thanks:
karemelancholia Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2007
Love it!


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RinggoldAtienza Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2007
Wow that's awesome.
redenchantress Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2007  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
you are featured in my journal here: [link]
hope you don't mind :)
trashcanvampire Featured By Owner Sep 14, 2007
Lumbe Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2007  Student
Beautiful drawing. I like the feeling, and the very small amount of colour in it. Thoughtful.
pillow-your-eyes Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2007
i've seen this everywhere and had no idea you were the artist
jorj0 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2007
excellent ! love it !
ApplesCarrotsnGrain Featured By Owner May 14, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
I can relate to that feeling...although my transplant was only for a year. Very nicely done! :)
Supreme24 Featured By Owner May 6, 2007  Student General Artist
Wow. Awesome.

I understand your concept...I too drew a something similar. I used a tree that was planted ...was young tree(thin and small branches, leaf color, amount of branches...) alone in the field yet was surrounded by older trees about 100 feet away. I immigrated from a place where there wasn't much...all plains some mountains, river a big cliff about 1 mile away... then here in California I was surrounded by apartments no where to go outside...was always indoors. Didn't understand the language... it seemed to me I was alone here or everyone didn't like me.

I drew such a drawing to symbolize this when I was in the second grade...for a contest...which I won. It was like 15 years ago...and don't think I ever got my drawing back :(

I can always recreate.
chase-the-sunshine Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2007
That is absolutely beautiful..
I wish I could one day draw like you...
excellent symbolism
This deviation has been chosen as a feature of the week
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It has been found from the word of the week : "Color/s " :)
VCLCLOWN Featured By Owner Dec 25, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
i don't know why ..i think this one is great..i can feel the situation there..oh're master in pencil...salute!!!can you teach me..hehe :)
DJS06 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2006   Interface Designer
gorgeous! Thanks for sharing your soul!
gopie Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2006
that's beautiful. thsnk you for sharing.
cascardi Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2006
:jawdrop: how come there is no print available for this? it's a masterpiece!
tsartwork Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2006
Too funny that I choose one of your earlier drawings, as one of my favorites without reading the dialogue.....considering your perfect talent of coarse. It represents to me.............because there is still life shining, the beauty of it shines above all. Sounds like it felt its purpose for being a part of your life ("It felt"-inside you). Your pain has made your talent one, that not many will have. Count your sadness as a blessing, because your work has and will bless many.
victoriah Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2006   Traditional Artist
Hey, havn't been around in forever ..thought i would stop by and see how you were comming along.

This is a great piece really. If you'd ask me...heartfelt pieces is what makes art art to me...not lines and shapes that are pure design (there are exceptions) to me is a ...healthy release.
...and im rambling.

basically, this is great and i'd love to see more of this type of work from you though obviously this is old and..portraits are your passion? anyway, great work as always i'm loving the concept.
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