Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hilma af Klint: October 1862-1944

Recently, with the creation of new work, I've become obsessed with celestial landscapes and the phases of the moon. Discovering this artist, Hilma af Klint, has left me speechless. Hilma af Klint was a Swedish artist and mystic; she attended her first séance in the 1870s and soon became a fixture at spiritual meetings concerned with Spiritualism (the belief that the dead can be contacted through a medium), Theosophy (empirical investigations of divinity) and Anthroposophy (the pursuit of spiritual knowledge through explorations of the imagination and sensory experiences).

Her body of work encompasses over 1,000 pieces and were amongst the first abstract art to be created. She requested, however, that the majority of her geometric abstracts not be shown till 40 years after her death because she claimed no one in the 20th century was ready for it! I think it's incredible that this women passionately explored such radical ways of creating and experimenting.

“She was doing something that was not on the retina of people at her time, in terms of size, color, composition and, of course, the abstraction — she was very much a pioneer" 
       -Iris Müller-Westermann, the curator of international art at the Moderna

I hope you enjoy her work as much as I do and have a great week !

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