So if you don't know from reading my earlier Inspiration Sunday blog posts, I have a book in my library called Artist to Artist Inspiration and Advice from Artists Past and Present compiled by Clint Brown. And I randomly turn to a section of it and share with you what is in that section.
This part of the book are quotes about artists and gender and race.
"I believe that it is crucial for women artists to situate ourselves in the context of our own gender, class, and ethnic histories and struggles rather than in relationship to male histories."
"I don't paint like a woman is supposed to paint. Thank God, art doesn't bother about things like that."
"True strength is delicate."
|Shinique Smith in her studio|
-Willem De Kooning
"I find that women can be creative in total isolation. I know excellent women artist who do original work without any response to speak of. Maybe they are used to a lack of feedback. Maybe they are tougher."
-Elaine De Kooning
"All artists, Negro and white, have the problem of making a living, of finding a gallery or a place where they can display their work and often with the Negro artist these problems are attenuated."
"I feel that women 'and men,' but I mean the 'individual,' can be totally feminine and still be totally powerful."
"I don't think the quality of being a good teacher or a good artist has anything to do with sex. I think it's objective: you either are or you aren't."
-Dame Barbara Hepworth
There you are alone in the huge space and you are not conscious of the fact that you have breasts and a vagina. You are inside yourself, looking at this damned piece of rag on the wall that you are supposed to make a world out of...Inside yourself you are looking at this terrifying unknown and trying to feel, to pull everything you can out of all your experience, to make something. I think a woman or a man creating feel very much the same way."
"I think it would be reasonable for critics to look upon the art scene and ask themselves 'What are women thinking about the world?'...If men seriously said, "What are women? How are they responding to life as shown in the art?' it would be so interesting!"
"Historically, women have either been excluded from the process of creating the definitions of what is considered art or allowed to participate only if we accept and work within existing mainstream designations."
So that is it for today's inspirations to start you on the way to a fabulous week!
I hope you have a mountain of creative work and inspiration.
'Till tomorrow ~