Periodically, and not very seriously I have to admit, I have wondered where my artwork fits within the larger world of art and artists and styles and movements. Recently, I discovered an answer that clicks together like puzzle pieces. The pieces came to me through a conversation with Roberto Gomez de Perdomo, the Impressario for the gallery of my wonderful teacher, Shiloh Sophia McCloud. The painting above is one of hers hanging over my altar: Paradise is Within You.
He explained where Shiloh's work sits within the larger context of the Contemporary Symbolism movement and how her work has been influenced by artists like Gustav Klimt, Frida Kahlo, and Mary Cassatt. Interestingly, artists who were rebels in their time.
I thought about what he said. I have always loved the work of Mary Cassatt and Frida Kahlo. I discussed Frida in my thesis and how the traumas in her life must have influenced what she painted. She walked her own unique path in the world.
Gustav Klimt I could not picture immediately. I did a search on his paintings and realized I remembered his paintings perfectly well - just not his name. His paintings of women are glorious though they were not well accepted when he painted them.
Knowing this background enables me to place my work into the context of Contemporary Symbolism like another piece of the puzzle falling into place.