Saturday, April 17, 2010

Photos from "Living to Paint/Painting to Live" at PSU

Some images of the wonderful work created by my PSU students this weekend in "Living to Paint/Painting to Live". The students outdid themselves on their creative projects for the class!
The class covers the lives and work of Sofonisba Anguissola, Renaissance Italian painter and Artemisia Gentileschi, Baroque Italian painter.

Tammy's piece in process,
inspired by Judy Chicago's place setting
for Artemisia in The Dinner Party

Roxanne's standing piece for Sofonisba,
featuring text by Sofonisba and a burnt-out heart,
referencing the artist's marriage for love in middle age

Stephanie usually makes functional ceramics, but
today she made her first sculpture, of Sofonisba

Pam created her first pastel painting--Artemisia from the artist's self-portrait

Pamela referenced Sofonisba's black clothing and white collar, along
with Sofonisba's style of painted hands. In the center, Sofonisba
winks at us, which refers to the artist's visual wit and coded messages

Monique's collage contains symbols of the wide eyes with which
Sofonisba viewed the world, and the expressive eyes and faces
that populate her paintings. The blue waves symbolize the ocean
where Sofonisba met her future husband, whom she married for
love against familial and political pressure

Monica created these altered book pages for Artemisia, the
blue referencing Artemisia's self-portrait as "The Allegory of Inclination"

Heather painted this pastel portrait after one of Sofonisba's self-portraits

Karleah's piece combines collage and original drawings in honor
of both Artemisia and Sofonisba.

Gail painted her first picture ever for this piece to Sofonisba

DeeDee created this collaged and painted piece for
Artemisia. The painted face on the left shows Artemisia's
strength, while the prone figure on the bottom represents
Artemisia's attacker, Agostino Tassi, in the guise of Holofernes

I'm sure some of these names mean little or nothing to the readers of this blog, but my hope is that some of you may be inspired to check out the work and lives of these two remarkable women. Here are some places to start for Artemisia Gentileschi and Sofonisba Anguissola.

1 comment:

Dot Hearn said...

Thank you for sharing these. They are all amazing! I love seeing the students' own reactions to the two artists and their work. The students are very creative, too.

Nice :-)