Georgia O'Keeffe is a most amazing American artist and there is an exhibition of some of her work visiting Australia at the moment. Last week I was fortunate to see it and I was not disappointed. It is part of an exhibition at Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne. Her works are displayed with well known Australian woman artists Margaret Preston and Grace Cossington Smith whose body of work are much easier to see if you live in Sydney.
Georgia made up her mind to be an artist at ten years old and there are some wonderful picture book biographies about her so it is easy to share her work with young children. They are fascinated that she was so young when she decided on her vocation. They like the bones and the sheer size of her flower paintings. We have three biographies:
• My Name is Georgia by Jeanette Winter
• Georgia's Bones by Jen Bryant and Bethanne Anderson
• Through Georgia's Eyes by Rachel Rodriguez and Julie Paschkis
and a new one has just been published by Tate Publishing
• Meet Georgia by Marina Muun
I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way – things I had no words for. (Georgia O'Keeffe)