'Untitled (nach El Lissitzsky)' is based on photo-collage of a geometrically abstracted figure of a Soviet women with hammer and sickle designed by the Russian constructivist El Lissitzsky for the 1928 International Press Exhibition in Cologne. Accompanying the buxum housewife was the programmatic slogan: "Every woman cook must learn to rule the state". Rosemarie Trockel appropriated the image for the first time in 1987 for a silkscreened painting now in the collection of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne. The image turns up again in an edition from the same year.
"Rosemarie Trockel possesses an extraordinary ability to illustrate images that are stored up deep in our minds, in our memories...and it is always unsettling to see these images recalled that have a public and collective resonance and that allow us access to historical consciousness, redepicting as they do certain a priori matters from a different angle, trying to demonstrate the nondemonstrable.
"The contents are: women; our everyday experience; the transgression of methods; implicitly rational and logical, of cultural norms and of prevailing aesthetics in use." (M. de Corral, in: S. Stich (ed.), 'Rosemarie Trockel', Munich 1991, p.62.)