Beyond O’Keeffe

If you’re not following the #womensart hashtag (and the womensart account) on Twitter and you love art, you ought to be.

So often, when we think of great art, it’s by a man…and that’s a result of our biased schooling. We learned about great men – DaVinci, Michelangelo, Picasso, Van Gogh. The list is endless. And sure those artists are great, but we hear so little about women artists and their work. Do a Google search on “famous artists” and all the top listings will be of men. That’s unconscionable!

I like finding out about artists beyond the few women who come to mind (Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mary Cassatt), and thanks to social media, there’s a wealth of information. Today, in fact, I discovered Ruby Silvious, who makes awesome miniature paintings on teabags, upcycles old materials into beautiful works and many other fascinating, talented women.

So much of social media these days is negative, terrifying and heartbreaking. Give yourself permission to find the beauty.

Te Arawa Māori women weavers (c.1898), floor mats woven for Te Rauru meeting house, Rotorua, New Zealand