Dorothea Tanning, visionary genius. L-r ‘Voltagem’, 1942; ‘Tableau Vivant (Living Picture)’, 1954. “Women artists. There is no such thing – or person. It’s just as much a contradiction in terms as "man artist" or "elephant artist." You may be a woman and you may be an artist; but the one is a given and the other is you.” – Dorothea Tanning, 1990 #interiorasexterior#dreamersawake#dorotheatanning#genius#liberty#surrealism
Loop My Loop, Helen Chadwick, 1991.
The #DreamersAwake show reminded me of how obsessed I was with Helen Chadwick when I was 16. Been looking through her work today and feeling weirdly nostalgic for the impassioned/extreme way you interact with things as a teenager, how radical someone's work can be to you when what is exciting seems to literally scream out from amongst so much that is suffocating and boring.
Despite realising late that it was the London Open House weekend, I still got to see a couple of things; one of which was White Cube Bermondsey and just about caught the last day of "Dreamers Awake" on. The exhibition comprised surrealist or surrealist related sculpture, paintings, photography and video installations by more than 50 women artists. One of my favourite pieces was called Well(-)Hung by Kelly Akashi.