Monday, March 26, 2012

In Wonderland

Woman Leaving the PsychoAnalysts Office, Remedios Varo
I need to trasport my studio to a dark and quiet cave with no internet connection. Maybe I shouldn't even take a computer, just a rusty old typewriter that's missing a few keys. Then and maybe then I could focus and formulate one single complete thought. I'm in the middle of ten different projects right now, and instead of finishing them off one by one, I'm constantly trolling the horizon for a new one to start.

Saturday night a few lady friends and I went to a lovely exhibit at the LACMA. It was called In Wonderland: The Surrealist Adventures of Women Artists in Mexico and the United States. I didn't know much about the artists other than Frida Kahlo and I was so pleased to leave the museum with a few new favorites. The majority of the work was dated between 1931-1968. Much of the work was self-referential with portraits and studies relating to the struggle between traditional and rapidly changing gender roles, or commenting on the one-dimensional portrayal of women by their male colleagues in the art world.

Family Portrait by Dorothea Tanning
We left the exhibit thoughtful, thankful and inspired. Inspired to make a self portrait, that is. Which is perfect. I was looking for a new project to start anyways.

Here are a few of my other favorites from the show:
Creation of the Birds, Remedios Varo
Mimesis, Remedios Varo
Self Portrait, Rosa Rolanda
Double Portrait of the Artist in Time, Helen Lundeberg
Birthday, Dorothea Tanning
The Seven Spectral Perils~ Fifth Peril, Dorothea Tanning
The Exhibit ends May 8th, so get on it.

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