“That’s why I paint, because I don’t exist anymore.”
In one of my recent art classes, my professor assigned each student an artist that we were to do a presentation on. I was assigned an artist by the name of Joan Mitchell and ever since then, she has been my favorite artist.
My professor told me that she was associated with Abstract Expressionism, but I had never heard of her before. When I hear “Abstract Expressionism” I immediately think of artists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Franz Kline. So when I was given this artist that I had never heard of I was very excited to do some digging.
Joan Mitchell was known as a second generation abstract expressionist. She attended the Art Institute of Chicago and later moved to France to kick start her career. It was in France that her paintings started to become more abstract. Many people were against her because she was a female abstract expressionist. Back in those times, it was more accepted for an the artists to be male. Most of her paintings are large scale panels. When asked if painting was suppose to be about an experience, her response was “I don’t know. I don’t care. It’s just a rectangle with a lot of paint on it.”
I could go on and on about Joan Mitchell, but then this would be a really long blog post. In your spare time, I would definitely recommend researching her and her work. A great documentary to watch on her is Joan Mitchell: Portrait of an Abstract Painter.