This Week’s Art Inspiration: Fabulous Women Artists


Here’s this week’s Art Inspiration Hit List–a few links to wonderful artwork from around the interweb to get you thinking, dreaming, and creating.

I’m not sure this week has a theme, except it’s all women artists and I love all of it. What do you think, is there a theme? Monumentality maybe?

I hope these artists inspire you to carry your own ideas forward into your own unique new territory: Take a look and let me know in thecomments–do any of these artists resonate with you?

Toshiko Takaezu – The Earth In Bloom

OMG, I love this woman’s monumental ceramic pots–I’m working on my own (hopefully monumental) felt pots, so I’ve been obsessed with vessels of all kinds lately–by contemporary artists like Toshiko or 10,000 year old pots from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Whatever you do, click on the link to view more–huge, silent, eternal, totemic. Everything you want in a giant ceramic pot.

pots by window


Deborah Zlotsky – The Beauty of Mistakes

I’m crazy about these paintings by Deborah Zlotsky and I love the way they talk about them on this site–The Flood.
Here’s a quote from the artist: “As I adjust one relationship, another slips out of balance. Overlaying, abrading, reconfiguring, and repeatedly repainting and revarnishing create slippage between the past, present and future, as accidents and change remain visible in each work.” Definitely click on the image below to view more!

Debora ZlotskyEl Anatsui


Mixed Media Art by Jill Ricci

Jill Ricci also doesn’t plan her work, but builds up layers and layers to evoke a sort of history of place somehow–kind of the way layers of torn wallpaper in an old house evoke stories in your mind of multiple lives and memories–scraps of evidence that create a beautiful new composition and story. Love these paintings!

Jill Ricci - "Proud" mixed media art


Wood Block Art by Betty Parsons

Even though these pieces aren’t big, they have a monumental feeling to me. And Betty Parsons was a monumental personality herself–a strong, independent, free thinking woman in the early 20th century–a successful artist, curator, and gallery owner who was an early supporter of Abstract Expression.

Betty Parsons Wood Block Art

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  1. Kristin McNamara Freeman says:

    I find some inspiration in each of the artists in this weeks focus. The pottery of Toshiko Takaezu – The Earth In Bloom is the selection that right now, in this time and place speaks the loudest to me. The strength and solid nature of the pieces in the photo remind me of those naturally occurring structures in the wild outside. Something there about strength, endurance, solid dependability. It was so interesting to begin a look at each artist and their work. Thanks for the introductions.

  2. Sarah Bush says:

    Hi Kristin! I’m so glad to hear it–I too, am blown away by Toshiko Takaezu’s vessels. I agree with you–it’s like her work has that silent monumentality of giant rocks in the landscape–like they’e been there forever!

  3. Stephanie Nyzio says:

    Hi Sarah,
    I love getting these “inspirational” posts! This one in particular. I am not sure how you manage to find such good work out there in cyber world. You must spend some time weeding. The paintings of the large geometric shapes are some how different, tricky – not simple and of course I went gaga over the graffiti looking collages. It does make me want to work in the studio, so yes, it worked.

  4. Sarah Bush says:

    Yay, Steph, I’m so glad to hear that. And yes, I do some weeding!! :-)

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