Wish I had read this before I gave my presentation last week.



Reading about Aurora Robson, saving plastic from landfill and turning it into something very beautiful. http://www.aurorarobson.com/



Reading about Michelle Reader who uses recycled household waste to make sculpture.



“Perhaps her most famous work is this family portrait, known as “Seven Wasted Men,” that was made from one month of household waste from the family. “The materials not only highlight a need to address the amount of waste each of us produces, but also tells the story of each individual through the things they discard—a child’s drawings, a shopping list, a birthday card,” she says.”


Reading about Miriam Schapiro  at http://www.artnews.com/2015/06/23/miriam-schapiro-pioneering-feminist-artist-dies-at-91/

Love her work!


Reading about Judy Chicago on http://www.theartstory.org/artist-chicago-judy.htm

The Dinner Party (1979)
The Dinner Party is a monumental installation celebrating forgotten achievements in female history. Chicago described it as, “as a reinterpretation of The Last Supper from the point of view of women, who, throughout history, have prepared the meals and set the table.” The central form is a forty-eight-foot triangular table with symbolic places set for thirty-nine “guests of honor”—remarkable women from different stages in Western civilization. Each guest has her own runner, embroidered on one side with her name and on the other with imagery illustrating her achievement. Each place setting includes a glass plate, decorated with a butterfly or floral motif symbolizing of the vulva. By incorporating elements of a contemporary social event with the status and appearance of a banquet, Chicago elevates her guests to the role of heroes, a traditionally male epithet. In essence, Chicago states, the work “takes us on a tour of Western civilization, a tour that bypasses what we have been taught to think of as the main road.” The floor is inscribed with the names of 999 additional women worthy of recognition, while acknowledgment panels on the walls honor the 129 collaborators who worked with Chicago on the piece.

Regarded as an icon of twentieth-century art, The Dinner Party is arguably the most significant and recognized piece of feminist art ever made, notable in its incorporation of collaborative working process, political symbolism, the sheer scale of the media response, and the unprecedented worldwide grassroots movement it prompted in reaction to the work’s condemnation. The piece’s lasting importance lies in its defiance of fine-art tradition by representing a feminine history suppressed by patriarchal society, as well as its celebration of the traditional “feminine” crafts: textile arts (weaving, embroidery, and sewing) and ceramic decoration. Featured in sixteen exhibitions in six different countries, The Dinner Party has now been seen by more than one million viewers.

Ceramic, porcelain, textile, glass – Elizabeth Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum


My google search ” is art about beauty or intellectualism” threw up some interesting articles. The first (!) was offered by the Atlas Society who believe

“Ayn Rand’s philosophical works (sic) have been praised as presenting historic breakthroughs in thinking. At the Atlas Society, our scholars work to further develop this philosophy born in the mid-twentieth century. We present the empowering principles of Objectivism to a global audience, and offer those principles as a rational and moral alternative in the marketplace of philosophical ideas.”

I did read this and have posted my reflections in my Words theme.

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.” Sun Tzu

I also looked at an extract of the book  Beyond Pleasure:  Freud, Lacan, Barthes by Margaret Iversen. I will post a refection on this soon.