Reading on a new project to continue my experiments into all kinds of cartoon arts, which gives me a critical direction of searching online for Niki de Saint Phalle. During my investigation onto Saint Phalle’s work were to explain her influence with multiple ideas, involving in the handling destructive forms of painting and how it might affect movement towards her artworks.
Basically to examine Saint Phalle’s methods:
- Almost if her models seems to reflect onto humorist arts
- Primary genre in Doodle arts is Comedy
- Shown to develop her own way of abstraction
- Describes on being one of fewer female monumental sculptors
- Social commitment/model manipulation involving with large-scale designs like public arts
Niki de Saint Phalle:
Born: 29th October 1930, Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: 21st May 2002, La Jolia, California, United States
Periods: Modern art, Nouveau realisme
At the start of her journey when I’ve been searching online, Saint Phalle was originally named Catherine Marie-Agnes Fal de Saint Phalle. From her life as a sculptor she had a dramatic event that affected her after an assaulted by father at the age of 11 years old. The outcome of it leaves Niki unstable and disturbed, she took an opportunity of dancing since meeting an owner of modeling agency. Which Saint Phalle had agreed to take part of modelling followed by heavily encouraged by Hugh Weiss – American painter and to continue with fashion references at the manufacturing of biggest magazines.
After her career in fashion she’d retied at the age of 25 so that Niki would focus on becoming an artist although having a trouble life of being unaware of bad people.
Since starting into sculpture, Saint Phalle had been travelling in different regions between France and United States of America. But due to her suffering effects of a nervous breakdown at 22 – 1953 being sent to psychiatric hospital, to be operated into memory-altering electroshock treatment and through some of the toughest encouragements from psychiatrists Saint Phalle devoted herself to primary subject of art.
Niki De Saint Phalle’s life of feminist sculptural career:
Beginning on using the development into Niki’s methods of feminist modeling in a madhouse as she learnt on what to adapt on translating with emotions:
Followed by her journey she’d encountered any themes of inspiration involved in Saint Phalle’s history:
- Knights of S’en Fout during the crusade
- Tells the stories of Joan of Arc
- meant to imaginative with medieval beasts
- Shown against her fear of snakes at the event of “The Summer of Serpents”
On her new path of creation which had to involve onto depression of how to overcome the hatred of corruption, it meant to drawn with tumultuous period whilst launched into Niki’s technique and to outsmart her traumatized childhood through doodle painting and sculpture.
Les Tis (the shots) exhibition 1961:
In her exhibition of Les Tis (the shots) which had taken place at 1961, this involves on handling an shotgun to fire paintball rounds on her displaying prototypes as if she is mentally painting without handmade. That is the very reason of how she is expressing her own creativity in a emotional way – A form of charged explosions of abstraction.
Her critical role of building her childhood influence not only to made her work worldwide famous, she also provided her visual approach to help face her inner demons.
Mainly to engaged with the committed of the campaign:
- Racial Segregation
- Social injustices
- Women’s rights
Mentioned of many discovered a more deeper form into feminine world, as a result Saint Phalle’s art had become a critical inspiration of sharing a connection to feminist methods. Meant onto both sensual and empowering ways to help criticise conservative and traditional values, also she’d produced her very own structures of doodle feminist. Mainly to adapt onto a slightly approach to derogation French term during youth, it might be a direct influence of building such wonders of large-scales and it could be inspired by her close friend – Clarice Rivers. From Saint Phalle’s talent of a simultaneously method into painting, sculptor and film-director, by piecing together in most methods of autobiographical which had a heavy impact on her family.
Niki’s exhibition: Le Jardin des Tarots – 1962
- Channeling from the absorbsion of anger and trauma at her childhood experience
- Inspired by Gaudi’s Parc Guell-Barcelona Niki had created her huge sculptural park called Le Jardin des Tarot in Capalbio, Tuscany
- Responded to her creation of her monumental modelling were originally inspired by Tarot Cards
- Crafted from huge materials of ceramic, mosaic and glass
- Most of her colourful work are up to fifteen metres high and were habitable
- Helped to build her own artist residency at the construction of the park
- Almost she’s building her work at the park in much large-scales that I could practice with them for my year 3 project
As years passed Saint Phalle had been working on various kinds of materials which are known to her violated health and safety guidelines, mainly to explain on its incredibly toxic fumes in daily basis and resulted to her suffered from influmed lungs at the cause of polyester dust whilst carving her sculptures.
- Her work had simultaneously saved her and passed away
- Died from respiratory failure in 2002 – aged 71
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