Phantasmaphile friend Madeline von Foerster has a brand new show opening at the Berlin branch of Strychnin, from November 7th - December 6th. Entitled "Waldkammer" (or "Forest Cabinet") these paintings are as politically charged as they are expertly painted. Each piece is an imagined curiosity cabinet, with various species and natural wonders being depicted as precious treasures which may all too soon become rare, if not - heaven forbid - entirely extinct. The wooden, female forms strike me as new variations on the goddess. Call her what you will - Mother Nature, Gaia, Mary, Isis, Venus, Ishtar, etc - she is shown here as a guardian of the outdoors and its myriad inhabitants.