#5WomenArtists I Couldn’t Live Without

Kathe Kollwitz self portrait http://linesandcolors.com/2006/06/17/kthe-kollwitz/

#5WomenArtists is an online hashtag campaign in honour of Women’s History Month in the US. Apparently Women’s History Month is also celebrated in the UK, but you’d be hard pressed to find anything going on, other than in East London it seems.  #5womenartists is meant to highlight the fact that we’re still much more likely to be able to name 5 male artists than 5 female artists, which isn’t the least bit surprising. The hashtag campaign, organised by the US National Museum of Women In The Arts, hopes to help redress the balance and has got some big name US museums taking part. Something tells me there won’t be a watershed anytime soon though…

Still, if I can’t name #5womenartists pretty damn quick you have permission to shoot me! Here’s 5 then, off the top of my head:

Kathe Kollwitz self portrait http://linesandcolors.com/2006/06/17/kthe-kollwitz/

Kathe Kollwitz

Which ones did you know?

Now you try – tell us your 5 artists in the comments below!

Since that was so easy I think it’s only fair I take a few minutes to name #5womenartists that have been a big influence on the art I’ve made over the years. It’s funny to think about it, but women’s art has always been more important to me – not that I ever discriminated, it just happened that whenever I found something that moved me it was often made by a woman.

Here they are then, #5WomenArtists I couldn’t live without:

Image via: http://purakastiga.blogspot.co.uk/2015/06/louise-bourgeois-radical-y-fascinante.html

Louise Bourgeois

If there are any artists in the list that you don’t know, I really recommend you follow the links and have a look at some of the incredible work they’ve produced. If you’re interested in art that incorporates textiles definitely take a look at Bourgeois and Emin – although they’re such ‘big names’ you’re probably already familiar with their work. Something I notice, looking at this very short list, is that they all make sculptural or installation art – I may have studied painting to begin with, but I’ve definitely gone in a different direction since then! What sort of art do you like best?

You might also enjoy these posts about women and gender (or men and gender!)

  • Why I Hated Sewing (published on International Women’s Day) – there are some wonderful stories being left in the comments, have a read with your morning coffee and join in the conversation.
  • Luke Haynes, Quilter: That Gender Question lots of discussion on this post too: do you think male quilters should get special treatment?

Have a lovely day and all being well I’ll catch you tomorrow for Slow Sunday Stitching (I can’t say I’m looking forward to this weekend too much: Kim wants help with his homework!!!).

Signature: Stephie © Stephanie Boon, 2015 www.DawnchorusStudio.com



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