“Womanhouse was a 1971 art installation, performance piece, feminist collaboration and actual house-located at 553 Mariposa Avenue in Hollywood, California. The project was run by the Feminist Art Program at the California Institute of Arts. A group of twenty-six women repaired the home before a planned demolition, using their carpentry skills to transform it into a space for women-made art, and a work of art in and of itself. "
And although I didn’t know at the time, I was lingering. Have your eyes lingered on a photo remembering a special moment or person? Have you ever finished reading a book laying it on your chest, not wanting it to end? Stood at an historical site and your imagination was on fire as you wondered how it must have felt to have lived during that time? Or what inspired the great words or great event or great battle? People of courage and conviction created something that moved generations, and could still touch that solo visitor so many years after the event. You linger there, absorbing that connection into the very fiber of your being. The moment stays with you long after you have left and appears as if magic throughout your life.
Why did I choose Frida Kahlo as my first artist to blog and feature on the podcast? I knew nothing about her. My daughter had loaned me the movie ‘Frida’ which I returned to her months later without watching. So when I spoke to her of my study of art and desire to learn more of what makes good art and the history of it, she stated that Frida would be a great first choice, and added quite smugly, that I would have known that if I HAD watched the movie! She was right.
We hope to provide a fun and informative experience for people to discover or rediscover a personal connection to art. Art is produced by people like us, working hard to find a way to earn an income while keeping their passion for art alive. Artists face the same daily life issues. They have chosen to reveal their life, experiences, struggles, triumphs and joy through personal expression and share their art with us.