Artist Hannah Wilke made her body a subject and a tool for her art troughout life. One can imagine the furrowed brows in respons to her vulval sculpures in the early sixties... Intra-venus documents the decay of her body when dying from cancer. To even let physical illness become a vehicle for creation is inspiring!
Camille Claudel (1864-1943) “was one of the rare female artists of the 19th century that did compete with the best male sculptors of her time."In 1883, Camille became acquainted with Auguste Rodin. Soon after Camille became his model, assistant and lover. “No other woman had such an intellectual, artistic and erotic impact on Rodin’s life like Camille Claudel.” Camille Claudel was the sister of the reknown French writer Paul Claudel. A.R. Petrelly
"Rebellious Silence" Shirin Neshat, 1994. (photo taken by C. Preston). Neshat is an Iranian visual artist living in New York, whose work deals primarily with issues of identity and sexuality for Muslim women.
Hawaiian-born Takaezu is undoubtedly one of the best modern ceramic artists alive, having taught at The Cleveland Institute of Art, Princeton University, etc… good places. Her work invokes a humility from deep within the human spirit, that demands our deepest attention and silence.