4 weeks ago
Hilma af klint is an abstract painter whose work predates her male contemporaries such as kandinsky, mondrian, and malevich, but despite being such a strong female force of her time, she and her work have become known only recently. she rarely exhibited her work and, convinced the world was not ready to understand her work, she wrote in her will that her work was not to be made accessible to the public until 20 years after her death. klint painted for the future rather than the present, utilizing symbols, letters, and words to create doors to other dimensions and shed light on great existential issues. her works represented the birth of the world, incorporating forms derived from scientific visualizations related to the cosmic, the microscopic, and the atomic.
af klint belonged to a group called “the five,” a circle of women who shared her belief in the importance of trying to make contact with “high masters,” through séances, or meetings in which she’d attempt to make contact with the dead in order to attain direct access to a higher order of knowledge.
as part of their efforts, the women began to produce automatic drawings, a then-common method of channeling in which mediums would cede conscious control of their bodies to what they perceived as a hiding spirit as images or texts were created.
af klint imagined installing her work cycle into a multi-level temple connected by a spiraling path, which was coincidentally similar to frank lloyd wright’s own guggenheim. what a fitting place to exhibit her extensive work!
i love the monumental size of this series, “the ten largest,” enormous in ambition but also reflective of af klint’s courage and belief to stand out and speak truly to her vision. do these feel a little reminiscent of ovaries or is it just me?
thanks to @uber
for this ‘instant opportunity’ getting me here to soak in some serious female empowerment. i couldn’t ask for a better way to spend my friday. #rethinktheratio #ad