“When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it’s your world for the moment. I want to give that world to someone else. Most people in the city rush around so, they have no time to look at a flower. I want them to see it whether they want to or not.”
Rocks, leaves, landscapes and bones–the work of American modernist Georgia O’Keeffe is all at once fluid and dry. One of the most photographed artists of her day, O’Keeffe still stands as a muse and a creative icon. Her life as artist was art, being remarkable in home design, landscape art, and style of dress. She balked the norm in every aspect of her existence. Did her art imitate life, or are the two inseparable?
It’s true that Georgia is best known for her large and personal flowers, drawn so close that they morph into all-encompassing color. It is this theme of her work that we focused on for the photoshoot: how she could take something seemingly inconsequential and transform it into a pure experience.
Women are often compared to flowers, and this usually insinuates frailty and tenderness. To Georgia, however, flowers were of much more consequence. She painted poppies as mountains, irises as explosions; saying yes, they are beautiful, but they are also powerful–much like O’Keeffe herself.
Photographer: Tony Redmer
Model: Kristen Orr
HMUA: Natalie Arriaga
Stylist: Erin Kuykendall, Melina Perez
Assistant: Julian Castillo