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Women's History Month: Spotlighting Female Artists (Part 1)

Updated: Mar 10, 2021

Dear San Fernando Valley,


Happy Women’s History Month! We are back with another article spotlighting some amazing artists! We hope you enjoy learning about these talented female artists.

 

Yayoi Kusama

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Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist who is internationally recognized for her art, mainly in the form of installations and sculptures. She was born in 1929 and is currently 91 years old. She studied at the Kyoto School of Arts and Crafts, but became inspired by the abstract impressionism, avant-garde, and pop-art movements in the United States. She then relocated to New York City for a period of time and became a renowned artist in the 1960s to 1970s as a pioneer in the avant-garde movement. Her art is known to express feminism, minimalism, and environmentalism. Kusama’s signatures are polka dots and bright colors, which are inspired by her childhood hallucinations. She now resides in a mental health hospital in Japan by choice after battling life-long mental health issues, which are also themes in her work. Some of her most notable works are Narcissus Garden, Dots Obsession, and Infinity Mirrored Room - The Souls of a Million Light Years Away which you can visit in Los Angeles at The Broad.


Here’s a video on Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Rooms:


Click here for a Guardian article about Kusama: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/sep/23/yayoi-kusama-infinity-film-victoria-miro-exhibition


Click here for an in-depth analysis of Narcissus Garden by Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-art-history/later-europe-and-americas/modernity-ap/a/yayoi-kusama-narcissus-garden

 

Kara Walker

Kara Walker, 2006. Image: Librado Romero/The New York Times/Redux


Kara Walker is an African-American artist that was born in California in 1969. She is best known for making silhouettes, installations, and paintings of African-American history. Her art explores identity through race, gender, and sexuality. She has a Master’s from Rhode Island School of Design and is currently a faculty member at Columbia University. In her art, Walker addresses the history of racism and violence towards African-Americans throughout American history, especially towards Black women. She is widely recognized in her field and some of her most notable works of art are Darkytown Rebellion, no place (like home), A Subtlety and The Battle of Atlanta.


Here’s a video of Kara Walker discussing her art:


Visit Kara Walker's Website:


Click here for an in-depth look of Darkytown Rebellion by Khan Academy: https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/ap-art-history/global-contemporary-apah/21st-century-apah/a/kara-walker-darkytown-rebellion


 

Diana Thater


Diana Thater is a Los Angeles-based artist who is known for her artwork in film, video, and installations. She was born in 1962 in San Francisco and studied at NYU majoring in Art History. Thater’s art includes themes of environmentalism as it depicts the natural world with its polluting threats, along with humanity’s relationship with nature. She is also known for projecting images and tinted light, sometimes through film and video, to display landscapes and other related natural imagery on walls, sculptures, and other unique surfaces. Her best known artworks are Delphine; Science, Fiction; and Chernobyl.


Diana Thater explains why her work focuses on animals and her fascination with the cosmos:


Here’s a link to Thater’s website! Check out her works here:


Also click here to see her works: https://www.icaboston.org/exhibitions/diana-thater

 

Thanks for reading San Fernando Valley! We hope you love these artists as much as we do. We also ask that you help contribute to this project by submitting a letter through our Google Form under the page “Submit Here!”.


Sincerely,

DSFV Team



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