This time, however, I can’t actually claim discovery. Brigitte, I must tell you right off, is my stepmother. We call her Gitta, and she’s a photographer. The sort who shows her work in galleries, teaches classes, and gets written about. She’s agreed to let me showcase some pieces.
The work above is from her latest show. Why the pattern of the tree makes me want to cry I could not tell you. Perhaps the simple reference to tears. The show is called Floating World. As she says,
While rummaging through a used book store in Princeton, New Jersey, I discovered a volume of poems translated by Kenneth Rexroth and Ikuko Atsumi in 1977. The poems were by Japanese women from the 7th through the 20th centuries and represent all the major styles during this period—from the Classical to Contemporary schools. I was immediately drawn to the poems, and as I read them—so allusive and rich in imagery—I knew that I wanted to make their photographic equivalents.
The calligraphy you see in each image is the name of the poet.
Gitta was first recognized for a series of hand-painted nudes, and flowers. The nudes are often dancers. Often masked.
This magnolia exemplifies what I like most in Gitta’s work. Lush, hushed with import. I have very strong opinions about art and not-art. Pretty art in particular walks a narrow path on a high mountain. This keeps its footing.
If you’re interested in owning any of Gitta’s photographs, you can see more at Verve Gallery. You are welcome to contact them. Pricing, for example, of Aphrodite above, is $1,500 for a 9.5 x 9.5 hand-painted silver gelatin print. A Bird Comes, above, from Floating World, is an archival ink pigment print, and can be had in a 8.75 x 8.75 version for $600.
And, if you are interested, note again that Gitta’s recent works draw deeply from Japanese poetry and art. Floating World opened last December, months before Japan’s recent earthquake and resultant tsunami. It is too sad, too difficult for me to post the lead image from her show, but suffice it to say that in light of the tsunami, the image bears weight no one could have predicted.
From March 23-30 Gitta and Verve Gallery will donate 25% of the proceeds from her sales to the Save the Children Japanese earthquake tsunami relief fund.
Gitta was a board member at Save the Children for a number of years and says they are very well run. If this is something that moves you, again, you should contact Verve Gallery via phone: 505.982.5009, fax: 505.982.9111 or email: email@example.com. Please mention this post so they know to earmark the donation.
Otherwise, please enjoy this still moment.