Art Inspiration: Elizabeth Catlett


Madonna by Elizabeth Catlett

 

This image presented itself in my Pinterest feed and lead me on a fantastic journey of discovery.  Below is a small snippet from Elizabeth Catlett's Wikipedia.  Her graphic paintings and sculptures are giving me a major inspiration to start creating again.

"Elizabeth Catlett (April 15, 1915[2] – April 2, 2012)[3] was an American and Mexican graphic artist and sculptor best known for her depictions of the African-American experience in the 20th century, which often focused on the female experience. She was born and raised in Washington, D.C. to parents working in education, and was the grandchild of freed slaves. It was difficult for a black woman in this time to pursue a career as a working artist. Catlett devoted much of her career to teaching. However, a fellowship awarded to her in 1946 allowed her to travel to Mexico City, where she worked with the Taller de Gráfica Popular for twenty years and became head of the sculpture department for the Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas. In the 1950s, her main means of artistic expression shifted from print to sculpture, though she never gave up the former."

 

 

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