It isn't always the amazing art that is made. It is their stories. And as women listening to women, it is compelling.
Well I of course have to start this list off with Sally Mann.
She started her notoriety by photographing young girls starting their adolescence. The unbelievable depth that she captured was noticed. Focusing on the strength that these young women possess, they are communicating what it is to become a woman. Mirroring that strength to the world, has a rippling affect that we could only barely know. I admire the ferocity of that age, captured with the tenderness that is very present.
The next is Lousie Bourgeious. A sculpture, painter and printmaker. She was born in France, and was traumatized by her father's infidelity with her nanny. She was very forthcoming in her revealing, that her art was a look into her childhood trauma. What is referenced about her work is the intense sexuality, and her mixing of symbolic masculine materials with feminine themes.
Sophie Calle a French conceptual artist. Who dives into the intimate lives of others. One amazing project was Take Care of Yourself.
I received an email telling me it was over.
I didn't know how to respond.
It was almost as if it hadn't been meant for me.
It ended with the words, "Take care of yourself."
And so I did.
I asked 107 women (including two made from wood and one with feathers),
chosen for their profession or skills, to interpret this letter.
To analyze it, comment on it, dance it, sing it.
Dissect it. Exhaust it. Understand it for me.
Answer for me.
It was a way of taking the time to break up.
A way of taking care of myself.
I love so much the idea of giving these stories a tone of independence and strength. Her work consists of peering into the private places of relationships, which ends up being a looking glass to our own selves. Oh how I wish this is the way everyone lived.
Then there is the tour de force Marina Abramovic. Born in Belgrade in 1946, this performance artist is a breakthrough every time she steps on a stage. She is the embodiment of grace, courage and wisdom. In 1974 she performed her famous piece Rhythm 0 (1974) She placed a variety of items for the audience to choose, and do whatever they wanted for six hours. It started nice, roses and love letters, and then moved on to blood sucking and a gun to her head. All while she stood in her role as a artist.