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HELEN FRANKENTHALER


We are defining (or shall I say redefining) who the Marais Girl is. The initial part of this process was to answer questions about her. Some of them I expected and had a very clear and immediate answer for (how old is she, what does she do for a living, where does she shop?), and others were very specific and a bit trickier to nail down. My method for finding these answers was to start collecting visual references from books, blogs, old scrap books, and anywhere I could find bits and pieces I felt conveyed a part of who the Marais Girl is. I collected a few hundred images and then edited them down until they visually described the Marais Girl.

A few paintings of Helen Frankenthaler’s made it into the final selection. Each one is so effortlessly beautiful, which is an aspect of her work she has been criticized for. But to me all of her work is highly emotional and complex. It is art you’d want in your home; makes you happy; energizes you; and is interesting to look at for years and years. And that is the art the Marais Girl dreams about adding to her collection. If she could choose a piece (hell yes!)?

Seeing the Moon On A Hot Summer Day, 1987
More of my inspiration images coming to the blog soon.
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October 23rd, 2013 § 0

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