|Photograph by Eddie DeLuca, 2005|
Georgia was a feminist, artist (not just a feminist artist) and independent soul. She went against the grain, doing as she pleased all of her life until she died at a ripe age of 98. Her watercolors were representational of womanhood. She struck me as a woman ahead of her time in so many ways. She was an old soul--a handsome woman, but not attractive by beauty standards of the times. She developed her own sense of what beauty is, and embraced it, which I think, manifested through her work and being. If you look at her body, it was tanned from the New Mexico sun, lean, lithe, and even modern looking--a great body even by today's standards. Her only real exercise regimen was walking and sex. What a great lifestyle!
Judy Chicago created a mixed media representation, The Dinner Party. Chicago is an icon of feminist art, which represents 1,038 women in history—39 women are represented by place settings and another 999 names are inscribed in the Heritage Floor on which the table rests. This monumental work of art is comprised of a triangular table divided by three wings, each 48 feet long. If you get a chance to visit NYC, it is housed at the Brooklyn Museum. See: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/eascfa/dinner_party/place_settings/georgia_o_keeffe.php
|Photograph by Alfred Stieglitz|
|Georgia O'Keeffe, 1919 Palladium Print, Plate 172 by Alfred Stieglitz|
Not only was Georgia a groundbreaking artist, she was a living, breathing work of art, in my estimation. There is a museum in Santa Fe dedicated to her life work. Her homes, Ghost Ranch and her Abiquiu are just north of Albuquerque, New Mexico. In summation, what greater words to live by:
"I don't see why we ever think of what others think of what we do--isn't it enough just to express yourself"--Georgia O'Keeffe
|Pedernal Mountains at Georgia's Ghost Ranch Home|