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‘Which creative woman has most inspired you, and why?’
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Closing date: 7th April
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Can I cheat and have two? The Stephen sisters Vanessa and Virginia, who were brave enough to live the life of freedom as an artist and a writer, better known as Vanessa Bell and Virginia Woolf.
They inspire me every day - along with the whole Bloomsbury Group :)
Artemisia Gentileschi’s self-portrait as St Catherine of Alexandria is touring unusual venues, first stop Glasgow Women’s Library where I spent an hour just gazing at her. I knew very little about Artemisia before but now I’m filled with awe that she overcame rape and torture (during her rapist’s trial) to become the most celebrated artist of the 17C. She’s my new heroine. I had already noted this book to suggest it as an addition to GWL’s stock. If I win, it will be going straight there (well, after I’ve read it of course).
I discovered Berthe Morisot, the French impressionist artist, when I was a teenager, and it was a revelation - I had had no idea that there were female impressionists, and could not at that time have named another female artist. I am glad that female artists are now being both promoted and rediscovered.
When I think of creative I tend to think words as often as paint, I adore folk who snap back who have the gift of the gab, who have an answer to anything! And the creative woman who inspired me would be Dorothy Parker, she died before I was born but her words have lasted, her sharp replies and acid tongue are wonderful, Her language skill was only matched by her ability to fall out with folk and make enemies. I am not sure I would have enjoyed a drink with her but I would still have loved to be there.
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