Morning Musings #4 // May 2021
Greetings A-L-P Friends! Summertime is upon us and there are a lot of exciting developments in the world of Art Life Practice!
It has been a crazy busy month but I managed to carve out time for plenty of creative play to keep my spirit nourished and inspired.
I hope you enjoy reading about the artists featured this month half as much as I enjoyed creating works inspired by them! And as always, everything that I made is directly from our kits!
Artists of the Month
I remember the first time that I saw The Dinner Party, Judy Chicago's monumental installation at the Brooklyn Museum back when I was in middle school. I was with my mom and I remember being absolutely mind blown by the scale and intricately detailed nature of the work, and from that moment on I became the ultimate Judy Chicago fangirl.
Chicago is one of the pioneers of the feminist art movement in the 1970s, she creates pieces that examine the role of women in history and culture. Born Judy Cohen, she changed her name in the 80s to reflect her hometown.
She is perhaps best known for her iconic The Dinner Party (1974–1979), which celebrates women’s history through place settings designed for 39 historic and mythical women. The collaborative project incorporates traditional women’s crafts such as embroidery, needlepoint, and ceramics.
The central form is a forty-eight-foot triangular table with symbolic places set for thirty-nine "guests of honor"—remarkable women from different stages in Western civilization.
Chicago described it as, "as a reinterpretation of The Last Supper from the point of view of women, who, throughout history, have prepared the meals and set the table."
To mark my love and admiration for Judy, I embroidered my new Art Life Practice Canvas Pouch with the design from Hatshepsut's place setting. To refresh your memory, Hatshepsut was a female king of ancient Egypt and one of the most successful king's of the prosperous 18th Dynasty. The place setting is designed with ancient Egyptian motifs to represent her. **Little known fact about me - I have had a lifelong obsession with ancient Egypt and am absolutely fascinated by the breadth and wealth of visual culture that was created over four thousand years ago. My heaven is getting lost in the deep corners of the Egyptian Wing at the Met.
Born Morris Louis Bernstein in Baltimore, Louis was a co-founder of the Washington Color School, along with friend Kenneth Noland.
In 1953, he and Noland visited Helen Frankenthaler’s studio and this was a transformative, pivotal moment in his career. Soon after this visit he described Frankenthaler’s work as: “a bridge between Pollock and what was possible.”
In 1954 Louis produced his Veil Paintings, consisted of waves of brilliant, curving color-shapes submerged in translucent washes.
As an homage to Louis's technique of strictly pouring thinned out paint onto the canvas and moving the paint around, I experimented with the new Painting Kits and created my own Louis-inspired works! It was an incredibly soothing and satisfying experience if I say so myself. :)
**** Extra Treats!!!! ****
- I read this beautiful essay about artist couples in the New York Times Style magazine - highly recommend!
- A new Spring / Summer Playlist is up on the ALP Spotify page - you can find a lot of them on the new MUSIC PAGE on the website!