ARTIST RESEARCH -Louise Nevelson

Louise Nevelson
I wonder whether the darkness of her art was a direct response to her childhood and reflective of her mother’s depression, cultural differences and feminine outlook. She challenged the gender stereotyping of male or female art. She rebuked the fact that she was a feminist, but just an artist who is a woman. I understand why this could have been assumed, as the work created was more masculine than feminine. And helped in changing the views of women’s art and how it would be received in future.

She was influenced by the art of Marcel Duchamp and found objects. Personally, his work with the urinal I don’t really understand, as I feel its just an object where there has been no artistic flair. However on further investigation, the urinal was given to Duchamp from a unknown woman (believed to be a feminist) renamed and displayed. Renaming it gave it a new purpose far removed from the intended use. Louise did the same with ordinary items.

She created wooden installations early on in her career, but later worked with plexiglass steel and aluminium. These larger installations were influential on the feminist movement, indicating that men were not the only ones to create large pieces of art.

Sky Cathedral is made up of lots of boxes, with scraps of dowel, wood and furniture, and is reminiscent of Cubist art she herself drew inspiration from.

She creates wooden sculptures that didn’t fit a particular genre and that’s probably the appeal. The unknown puzzle in the art world. This artist also recycled scraps of wood, railings and other found objects, which is almost chaotic. However when put together and covered with black paint unifies them as a unit. It highlights that even the most mundane objects can be transformed into a piece of art and this could be an answer to the broken and useless things destined for a rubbish tip. In her work she uses mainly monochromatic paint, black or white.

This artists work remind me of H R Giger. I think because its dark and almost macabre.



Although there are vast differences, there is equal similarities. There is an air of mystery that surrounds them both, and it could be possible that inspiration was drawn from Giger, but that is only supposition.

I am not sure what feelings it evokes for me apart from the fact that its a strong piece of art and the size is quite overpowering, which makes me feel a little uncomfortable.

She was personally concerned with the sublime and spiritual, and this is where the artist links between this and the spiritual world. Art is considered by many to be healing when actually creating it, but this can be said when looking at art. so in this she has achieved her goal of spirituality.
There is a useful tutorial on this site for making your own piece of art similar to Nevelson.


Author: huggywitch

I have been doing textiles for a number of years and recently started my degree. I have always had an interest in theatre costume design and this is where my passion lie.

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