30 Nov A Woman’s Place Is In The Studio
Patriarchy has a lot to answer for. No matter where you look, which branch of arts or science there have always been women involved one way and another and their contribution has always been massive and profound.
That woman can paint, sculpt, conduct, compose and play an instrument as well as men can is not a surprise in this day and age, and yet, we are still shocked when we find out it was a woman who led the way – mostly because their histories go untold, and more often than not their story was attributed to a man who followed in their wake.
If you were asked who was the first abstract painter? Your answer would probably be Wassily Kandinsky and it would be a good guess. Besides everything else, that’s what the Art History books would tell you. Given the two paragraphs above though, you will sure the real answer is a woman and you’d be exactly right.
Completely off the mainstream art axis, off the beaten track, and therefore influenced by no-one. She stood on her own and came to her own conclusions. No standing on the shoulders of giants, and no internet to research and be influenced by.
That Hilma af Klint came to her own conclusions on Abstract Art is a remarkable leap of ingenuity. It proves the spark of creativity can sometimes happen in a vacuum. Although of course it didn’t it was the progression of her own work which got her there in the end.