Have you ever wondered why it seems there are no great women visual artists?

Have you ever wondered why it seems there are no great women visual artists?

Slaying of Holofernes oil painting by Artemisia Gentileschi

Slaying of Holofernes
oil painting by Artemisia Gentileschi

Who comes to mind when you think of great, genius artists? Can you name five, ten, twenty? Are there any women on your list?  The current misconduct and harassing cases recently coming to light almost daily since the Harvey Weinstein’s accusations were made public made me think of this. What suddenly gave? What changed?

Weinstein is no more than one other accused predator in a list that would take us back hundreds of years. When did this start? Harassing, oppressing, and misvaluing women has been so pervasive that it feels natural. Almost a century ago, John Stuart Mill said “Everything which is usual appears natural. The subjection of women to men being a universal custom, any departure from it quite naturally appears unnatural”.

Focusing on the visual arts world, I can quickly come up with some names of women: Helena of Egypt, Josefa de Ayala, Jan Steen, Elisabeth Vignee-LeBrun, Rosalba Carriera, Angelica Kauffman, Rosa Bonheur, Berthe Morisot, Mary Cassatt, Clara Peeters, Camille Claudel, Olga Boznanska, Mary Edmonia Lewis… Artemisia Gentileschi is probably the most recognizable one. Was she extraordinary or was it that she had a painter father who instructed her without differentiating by gender? Most, if not all, women artists we know about also had some connection to the arts, usually a father or a husband who taught, encouraged, or simply allowed them to pursue their interest. The more I think, the more names come to mind, particularly in the 20th and 21st century. There is plenty to prove that women artists have produced works as good as their male counterparts. In reality, it is not the act of painting, sculpting or creating which sets men and women apart, it is our society’s culture which differentiates or which deliberately ignores women’s accomplishments. This is the crux.  Do men require being allowed to do whatever they choose to do? Then, is it that men have way better press…

Do you think that this sudden change in attitude towards male predators and oppressors will finally put women and men at par? And not just in the glamorous industries… Are we truly equal? I would love to hear your thoughts…

By the way, have you checked Gentileschi’s self-portrait at the Vancouver Art Gallery?  It is part of the Royal Collection exhibition. There is work from another great woman painter, Julia Margaret Cameron. Great show! Thanks VAG!!

 

Piet Interrupted I acrylic on canvas 40" x 60"

Piet Interrupted I
acrylic on canvas
40″ x 60″

On another matter, I started painting again with real brushes after a few years of doing it digitally. Twirling the liquid paint and spreading it on a canvas is so tactile, so sensuous… I love it! These are two finished pieces. I wanted to stay away from figurative.  I decided to explore the weight of colour. To play with how small amounts of contemporary, artificially created neon colours balance against traditional organic ones. It was hard. After several tries, I settled on juxtaposing fluid, organic weaving kind of strokes in traditional colours against rigid, straight brushstrokes in neon. When I was doing this, I suddenly thought of Piet Mondrian’s minimalistic colour field canvases. I ended up calling my pieces Piet Interrupted I and II as I deviated from his stark, chromatic pure, reductive type of work. What do you think?  These artworks are for sale. Each is 40” x 60”, acrylic on canvas. Send me a message for details.

Piet Interrupted II acrylic on canvas 40" x 60"

Piet Interrupted II
acrylic on canvas
40″ x 60″

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Piet Mondrian

Piet Mondrian’s composition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks to all who visited me at the Culture Crawl this past November. It was great seeing you again. And, welcome to the new subscribers to my news and new collectors! The winner of the print is Joshua Turner. Congrats!

 

Wishing you the very best for the holiday season and looking forward to another year!

Carolina

 

Culture Crawl is back, and other exhibitions…

Culture Crawl is back, and other exhibitions…

Eastside Culture Crawl

Eastside Culture Crawl

Hard to believe we are back at almost the end of another year…

I’m getting my studio ready for the Eastside Culture Crawl. The dates are:

Special Collector’s Preview  = this is you!

Thursday, Nov 16, 5pm – 10pm

 

Opening Night Preview = this is you!

Friday, Nov 17, 5pm – 10pm

 

 

General viewing

Saturday, Nov 18, 11am – 6pm

Sunday, Nov 19, 11am – 6pm

 

My studio is #480 -top floor at 1000 Parker Street Building.

Look forward to seeing you! Bring your friends! There will be surprises…

 

I also have work at the Culture Crawl Preview Exhibit at

The Arts Factory    

281 Industrial Ave

November 4 – 12

 

Opening Reception

Saturday, Nov 4, 8h30 – 10pm

 

And last but of course not least, Vancity, at Robson at Denman, West End, invited me to exhibit at their gallery. They chose to show some of my construction workers compositions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking forward to seeing you at one or all of these events!

Many thanks for your continued patronage!

 

Like Frogs in Boiling Water

Like Frogs in Boiling Water

Slowly and surreptitiously people’s rights have been chipped away for years but lately, this has been accelerating. We, the people, are the target of those in government, actually, of those in power and behind the scenes. The loss of assumed natural or given rights are only noticeable when they are no longer.

 

Terrorism is a convenient partner to those in control. With the pretext of security, we willingly accept the imposition of all sort of barriers which leave us outside. We become aliens with less and less rights. We accept passwords, codes, closed doors, barricades, blockages, fences, and walls as protectors while they make us intruders.

 

Will we wake up on time?

Barrier, Closed Doors

Barrier, Closed Doors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barrier, Closed door

Barrier, Closed door

Locked doors

Locked doors

Card Access Only

Card Access Only

 

Unknown Authority

Unknown Authority

Alien, The Other

Alien, The Other

 

Art, Beach and Sunset Worldwide Photowalk

Art, Beach and Sunset Worldwide Photowalk

Sunset, English Bay, Vancouver, BC

Sunset, English Bay, Vancouver, BC,  by cdelacajiga

Are you ready for the

Art, Beach and Sunset WorldWide Photowalk

this Saturday, October 7th   4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

We will meet at the Laughing Guys Sculpture, Morton Park, Denman St & Davie Street, Vancouver

 

 

 

This is the checklist for a successful photowalk:

• Prep Camera (s) and Lens (es)

• Charge Batteries / Empty Card Readers

• Bring Jacket / Layers / Comfortable Shoes

• Expected weather:  Chance of a shower  14º

 

Check here for Registration and  Special Offers for the WorldWide PhotoWalkers from: Adobe Photoshop, B&H, Macphun, Platypod, Drobo, and Thinktank, and more.

After the walk, you can submit your photos and win prizes!

Questions? Email Carolina at  c@delacajiga.com

Be ready to have fun!

 

 

Canada 150th Culture Days & Worldwide Photowalk

Canada 150th Culture Days & Worldwide Photowalk

 

Just a quick reminder of my next activities:

Canada 150th Culture Days Celebrations

Saturday, Oct 1, 1h30 – 4h00 pm

at the

Richmond Art Gallery – Board Room

We will be doing a free exploration of creativity and imagination.

Bring an open mind, your camera, cell, or a pad and pen to draw.

Imagination should be taken seriously. The Rediscovery of Wonder.

See you there!

 

Art, Beach and Sunset Worldwide Photowalk

Saturday, Oct 7, 4h30 – 7h00 pm

at the

Laughing Guys Sculpture .  Morton Park

Davie @ Denman . West End . Vancouver

I will lead  this photowalk in support of The Springs of Hope Kenya Orphanage.

Register to participate in the photography contest.  It’s free.  There are lots of prizes.

Check details here.

 

And last, the

Eastside Culture Crawl

will be this November

Thursday 16, 5 pm to 10 pm  Opening Party

Friday 17, 5 pm to 10 pm

Saturday 18, and Sunday 19, 11 am to 6 pm

See you at my studio

#480, 1000 Parker Street Studios, Vancouver

Mark your calendar.


More information in my next news.

Cheers,

Carolina