Another week of studying Agnes. :)
Although Agnes had no children of her own, her interest in them was lifeong, exceptionally sympathetic and surprisingly reciprocal. Her close friend Kristina Wilson said, "Agnes often wished she had a batch of kids."
The Wave is one of five objects, a small (11x11 inch) shadowbox with tinted plexiglass, in which dozens of blue beads roll across a grid incised in the wooden base, making a roiling sound of a wave. It was made for a 1963 group show titled Toys.
In 1941 Agnes left Washington State for NYC. She enrolled at Teachers College but attended for only one year (she returned a decade later, completing her formal education in 1954 at age 42.)
In the meantime she worked a lot of other jobs.
In 1946, she moved to New Mexico where she stayed for more than 10 years. She enrolled at the University of New Mexico in Alburquerque and was in the Summer Field School of Art in Taos.
Agnes was ruthless in destroying artwork that she considered immature. None of her student work from Teachers College is known to exist. The first pieces to survive are from her time in New Mexico.
I'm always on the look out for connections between the artists I'm studying (and hopefully I can add to this drawing as I go) I was reading Agnes' thoughts about Georgia "once when I came home from New York, I went to visit her in Abiquiu. The trouble with it, when I went to visit O'Keeffe, I found her over-stimulating" and "Georgia was like that-very intense and exciting to be with, but she drained me. When I left the room for a few minutes, I just had to lie down, right then and there."
[The other day I was reading about Josephine Baker (besides singer, dancer, actress, she was also a spy) and realized she's a connection between Lois and Frida. Still looking for more connections with Louise; she was a bit of a loner.]
1957 While in Taos, Agnes invited art dealer Betty Parsons to see her paintings. Parsons offered to represent her and convinced her to return to New York. Agnes was 45 years old.
I put together this inspiration board for this week's finished piece. With such limited color palette and minimal subject matter it was tough to get started.
I was most drawn to the abstract landscape in the bottom left and the circle piece in the top center. I decided to start with that one and make something similar to a color wheel.
Initially I was thinking I'd keep adding layers of color and tone it down. But now I'm not sure, the colors feel like me so I think I'll sit with it for awhile.