Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing. Georgia O'Keefe
In 1999 a major show of Georgia O'Keefe’s work came to the East Wing of the National Gallery, a place that had been a second home in my girlhood. I stood in line three times for tickets, spending hours elbowing the crowds to take in her paintings. Art has long been my refuge, but this show captivated and thrilled me.
It was called The Poetry of Things
, the name of my Instagram handle today. I have continued to think about this exhibit for nearly two decades since the show. It was unapologetically female, clean, beautiful, singular
I have since taken every opportunity to see her work and no matter where it is displayed, great pains are taken to explain that the flowers were not sexual. I’ve always thought that a bit ridiculous.
Flowers are sex. Sex is not apart from who we are, it’s baked in.