For my enamel bracelet that I will be making, the artist that I am going to be basing my design off of is Georgia O’Keeffe. Georgia was born in 1887 in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. For the most part of her life she lived in New York City and then after awhile she moved out west and that is where she made some of her most popular works of art.
The piece that I will base my design off is Series I, No. 3. It was made in 1918. She was best known for her paintings of enlarged flowers, New York skyscrapers, and New Mexico landscape. I like that she uses flowers but she adds her complete own style and from first glance you can immediately recognize that it’s Georgia O’Keeffe’s work.
Something that I found out that I never knew about Georgia’s life is that she suffered deeply with depression. At one point in her life she was hospitalized for two months after having suffered a nervous breakdown, largely due to being heartbroken over her husband, Alfred Stieglitz’s continuing affair with Dorothy Norman. In her early years, Georgia O’Keeffe attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and then the Art Students League of New York. In 1908, when she was no longer able to afford going to school, she worked for two years as a commercial illustrator, and then spent seven years between 1911 and 1918 teaching in Virginia, Texas, and South Carolina.
Arthur Wesley Dow was a mentor of Georgia and his principles and philosophies caused a major change in the way Georgia felt about and approached art. In 1918 Georgia moved to New York and pursued her career as a serious artist. O’Keeffe created many forms of abstract art, including close-ups of flowers, that many found to represent women’s genitalia, although O’Keeffe consistently denied that intention. Georgia O’Keeffe was a very interesting person to research and her pieces that she creates are very intricate and pleasing to admire because each time you look at it something new catches your eye.