Art and the Feminine/Masculine – Louise Bourgeois

1/15/18 Sculptor,painter,printmaker and installation artist, Lousie Bourgeois through her work ignites emotion. Often disturbing and provocative Louise explores her inner emotional canvas through these varied mediums. What stood out to me most in the bit of research I did is her ongoing dialog about womanhood and suppression. Themes of confinement, relationship, and sexuality seemed to […]

Strength in Immediacy and Helen Frankenthaler

12/27/17 Helen Frankenthaler was an American icon in the era of Abstract Expressionism. She’s been credited with initiating the subsequent movement of Color Field Painting where simplified compositions using large masses of color became part of the canvas.   Her soak-stain technique was the pathway to this new form of abstraction and consisted of a […]

The Pseudonym a Necessary Tool

11/6/17 Did you know a number of women Abstract Expressionists resorted to changing their names to combat oppression by their male counterparts? Not an uncommon act throughout history really, but it’s always interesting to see this documented and validated in writing.   The artist I have featured here is Michael West (1908-1991). Michael West was […]

A Woman of Fiber and Light

9/8/17 I came across a series of contemporary pieces of art at the Philadelphia museum recently. Hanging threads of knotted plastic some with bright color some with more organic natural tones. I wanted to touch them and “understand”. While I could see the connection between the works they were also very different and I’ll say […]

An American Adventuress

7/21/17 Anna Walinska’s life and body of work feels adventurous because it’s so diverse. Ms. Walinska’s who would be 111 years old today, came to my attention through an announcement for an all female graffiti show currently running in New York at Pen and Brush “Graffiti Summer Vacation,” I’m not typically drawn to graffiti art […]

Dreams like Water Droplets

6/26/17 Notes to Myself: Dreams, like water droplets cling to the slippery, sharp edge like water droplets. Waiting to fall or evaporate into something else. Yet there they are so beautiful from the outside. Perfect in their form before they have begun to travel. Shall I go up close and look inside their shiny reflection? […]

Peanut Butter and Rice Cakes

5/24/17 Notes to Myself: When life gives you rice cakes… smother them with peanut butter? Is that what I’m doing? I’m not so sure I even like rice cakes but I’ve been eating them with peanut butter. Hmm… I love peanut butter.It reminds me of my childhood where peanut butter sandwiches were quite common. I […]