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Magdalena Abakanowicz: detail from the Ninety Five Figures from the Crowd of One Thousand Ninety Five Figures
Anna L. Conti of San Francisco writes a very focused and intelligent blog about her own art practice and about other artists. She is a prolific reader and gallery visitor and this comes out in her interesting posts. The other day she posted some a wonderful quote from one of my favourite artists along with a fabulous new-to-me website of her work: Magdalena Abakanowicz.
Abakanowicz' work has always excited me. As I've mentioned before, the first time I saw her work about 20 years ago in a book, her fibre sculptures of figures were burned into my mind as my heart beat with excitement. I was working on my series of wrapped figures at the time, so her work was a powerful connection and inspiration for me. I wish I could find images of those early works of hers. Amongst the work shown on this site, Space of Unknown Growth reminds me strongly of ancient standing stones which, as regular readers know, are of deep interest to me.
Do read the thought-provoking quote (from a book I must get), of which I've copied the last paragraph:
To have imagination and to be aware of it is to benefit from possessing an inner richness and a spontaneous and endless flood of images. It means to see the world in its entirety, since the point of the images is to show all that which escapes conceptualization.