There are a lot of reasons to hate Valentine’s Day, but then there are a lot of reasons to hate a lot of things.
For me, Valentine’s represents an opportunity for ridiculous Non-Serious Crafting. In the midst of the past month’s website building, pseudohistorical performances and proposal writing, this girl was in serious need of some Non-Serious Crafting.
Smooshygooshy forced romantic overtures aside, it’s also nice to have a reason to tell people they rock. Especially in the form of mixed media collage. Especially in the form of mixed media collage featuring lady artists who (almost) as badass as your friends.
And most especially with puns.
Lee Bul, contemporary sculptor who represented Korea at the Venice Biennial. WHEN SHE WAS ONLY 35.
Cecilia Beaux, portrait painter with an outsized work ethic.
Frida Kahlo. Painter. Revolutionary. Personal Fashion Icon. Ask me sometime how much I love this lady and I will infovomit all over your face. Then I’ll tell you ‘a lot.’
Sally Mann, photographer and mother who quietly and unintentionally created controversy with photos of her children being real children, and then totally rocked it.
- Louise Bourgeois, sculptor and founder of confessional art. Also awesome
Yoko Ono, the most unknown artist you’ve probably heard of. Like Valentine’s, there are a lot of reasons most people hate her, but even more to love her. Before John was in the picture (and after) Ono was a super badass fluxus artist, feminist, musician and peace activist.
Yvonne Rainer, an American performance/dance artist. When told that her lack of turnout and less than ideal body would prevent her from ever joining an established company, she pulled herself up by her capizio laces and created brand new work that was ‘challenging’ and ‘experimental.
Sarah Sze, one of my favorite installation artists who is also a CERTIFIED GENIUS.
Happy Valentine’s (or should I say Galentine‘s?) Day! Here’s hoping you spent it staying warm and telling people they’re awesome.
Hey, did I mention YOU’re awesome?