Artsy Wanderings

Artsy Wanderings

Welcome to the wonderful world of art! Each week we will travel to a different city and discover and artist that lived in and was inspired by that place. Happy wanderings…

This week we are traveling to New Mexico with Georgia O’Keeffe. New Mexico is known for its mountainous landscapes filled with bright colors that is basically begging to be painted. Although you probably know our girl Georgia for her paintings of flowers, New Mexico was a great source of inspiration for her when she started living there at the age of 42. This marked a shift for her work using her abstract style to paint the landscapes that surrounded her. Her refined, simplicitic take on the natural beauty and style of New Mexico shows her deep love for the area.

American artist Georgia O’Keeffe (1887 – 1986) stands at an easel outdoors, adjusting a canvas from her ‘Pelvis Series- Red With Yellow,’ Albuquerque, New Mexico, 1960. (Photo by Tony Vaccaro/Getty Images)

What I found to be really interesting is due to a macular degeneration disease her eyesight began to fail while she was living in New Mexico, but still continued to create art. After she was almost blind and relying on assistance to create art she leaned back on her favorite motifs and memory to create her works. Even without being able to see the landscape around her she still wanted to capture it. I find this to be a beautiful testament for her talent but also her character. She was robbed of her sight but didn’t allow this to take away her passion even at an old age.

“I can see what I want to paint. The thing that makes you want to create is still there.”- Georgia O’Keeffe

Amanda Molino ’18 || Lit Editor

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