Do you listen to music or color your walls with art? I do.
I enjoy textured paintings that encourage me to think about an artist’s intention. When it comes to music, an orchestral song is soothing but a rap song commands my attention.
The cool thing about art is how every art form can be a transcendental experience. Art move us in ways that help us to go beyond what we know and even outside of what an artist intends.
This happens because art is powerful and we bring our own experience and interpretation to what we see, hear or feel. Time and again, history shows us ready examples of how art is powerful enough to change the world.
It’s why WomanScape purposefully uses beautiful cover photos and provocative quotes. We want to grab your attention and hope to encourage new ideas and questions, as well as heartfelt inspiration.
In fact, no matter what style of art or the artistic discipline – from music and movies, to visual installation pieces – art is powerful enough to blur lines of gender and race, political attitudes, and even geographical barriers. The singer-songwriter Prince muddied gender with his sexy, flamboyant style, while the rock band U2 sang about peace and politics in Ireland in a way that rallied against war around the world in their song, Bloody Sunday.
Join us this month as we meet artists whose works are history-making. These include:
- Canadian artist and writer, Emily Carr whose work is inspired by the Indigenous peoples of thePacific Northwest Coast;
- American painter Georgia O’Keeffe, who reimagined impression in a man’s world;
- Argentinean Marta Minujín, a conceptual and performance artist; and,
- Lebanese actress and film director, Nadine Labaki.
This Week’s WS Feature: Emily Carr
As a writer and painter, Emily lived and traveled along the west coast of Vancouver Island. There she met and incorporated the styles and practices of Indigenous artists.
Her radical colors challenged some Canada’s leading artists as well as the environmental impact of the logging industry.
Had she not been so isolated in the west, and a woman painting in a man’s world, things might have turned out differently. I’ll share a few photos from my visit last year to Emily’s home.
Have a great week ahead and we encourage sharing so drop us a line about what you like or what you hope to see in the future. See you tomorrow on WomanScape!
Rose & the WomanScape Team