Artiste Spelled with a V. Claude

Wham Blam "Thank You Ma'am"

We're in the 20th Century now. Picking one person is hard now since there is so much more documentation on female artists being super cool and all their jazz. This particular woman(again French) was born Lucy Renee Mathilde Scwob, but went by Claude Cahun. She wrote a book of monologues from the perspective of female fairy tale characters. She was also known for challenging the contemporary female image.

She frequently created photo montages and self portraits of herself in a very androginous way. She is considered a surrealist[think melting clocks]. She also regularly recorded her dreams! If any of you know me, this is right up my alley. Google shows you many of her photographs, but the fact that she was also a writer, and performer really speaks to me since I feel my body of work expands across many media. So no lie, this lady is cool.

Factoid: She was the founder of a group called Guerrilla Girls 63 and their mission was to actively oppose Nazi occupation via surrealist flyers, and other tactics to spread information to others. Political activist with her actions being works of art themselves. LEGIT.

For more exlporationon her sexuality you can check out this site

http://www.queerculturalcenter.org/Pages/Tirza/TirzaEssay1.html

 

Artiste spelled with a V. Berthe

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Flash forward again!

Lets not forget the French impressionists...

Oh yeah. Hot steamy artsy romance between Berthe Morisot and Edouard Manet. "An affair to remember" is a common phrase used to describe them. Well I dunno about how much the hot steamy part is accurate but they're French right? Berthe’s first showing at the Salon de Paris (similar concept to the academy) was when she was 23. Damn, shes on a role. EGGROLL (sounds like Hey-girl)

Though it’s a  "chicken or egg" question, it was a two way street for the two painters. They both developed their own styles and characteristcs in painting, but that didn’t meant they wouldn't try the ideas or techniques of the other. Call me sappy, but its like a symbiotic relationship of paint. HAWT. 

Factoid: If you have read or heard of the book Sacre Bleau by Christopher Moore, she hung out with a bunch of the folks that had work hanging in the impressionist gallery scene. Pissaro, Renoir, and Sisley, she also hung out with Degas. Lucky tart.

Artiste Spelled with a V. Vigee

 

Fast forward a little bit. Elizabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun. 

 

This is a name you may have heard before. She was a Rococco [late baroque] portrait painter, though she painted landscapes too.

She was the court painter for Marie Antoinette. Yeah there’s a reputation that goes along with that, but I did a series referencing her work so shes something worth mentioning. My collages may seem more satirical but referencing a woman painter is what I was doing.

She learned to paint from her dad. So did Artemisia[see previous post]. My dad did not teach me how to paint. That would be something to see.

Anyway, Elizabeth Louise was painting portraits professionally when she was a teenager. Lucky French lady.

 

She had to flee France during the Revolution[for fear of having her head cut off, same old same old], so maybe not so lucky. BUT she was accepted to an academy in France, and then she travelled to Italy and Russia where her work was selling like hotcakes, and she was accepted to academies in both countries! Yo. Lady painters fo life.

 

Facoid: She painted over 600 portraits. Shoot me now. 

From Telegraph to Face time.

There is nothing more frustrating and degrading than being on hold for 10 minutes or more for ANY reason. If your phones are ringing off the hook so long and often that anyone calling has to wait 16 minutes and 28 seconds to speak with a real person? You need to hire more people. I also doubt that your voice recording is actually sorry for no representatives being available at this time. Please rub salt in my secretarial wound.

This frustration inspired some research. On the idiot that invented the hold button. Now currently labeled as the bane of my existence. 

It looks like something from Doctor Who that will eat my soul.

The telephone was invented in the light of making things more convenient. From telegraphs sending one message or receiving one message at a time, the thought of sending multiple messages on the same line was an inspiration paired with an accident that led to the invention of the telephone. It was supposed to be a “harmonic telegraph” but you know that would be a silly name, wouldn’t it? Maybe not in the 1870s…

When these telephones were being distributed by the Bell Company, the switchboard operators were mostly teenage boys. Not that that matters but it’s a fact that opens up a transition for me to talk about switchboards. Smooth huh? But I’m sure you already knew that when we typically think of switch boards we think of women in the 1940s being operators.

These switchboards acted as a milti-line phone. So instead of calling from phone line to phone line, you get the Operator and they “transfer” you to the correct phone line. Then the magic of dialing was created. As a receptionist working a multi-line phone for a business, it’s like I’m a modern day switchboard operator. Luckily I get to sit down and push a few buttons instead of being like those teenage boys I mentioned and have to hop up on a ladder and plug and unplug cords all day long.

I think I’ve finally cooled off from my extremely long and frustrating telephone tag. It lasted about an hour. However telephones have been turned into works of art over the years of its existence. In fact the only reason I want a landline is so that I can use my light up princess phone in real life. That’s not to say that I don’t love our sattlelite, 3 and 4G or wifi connections, google voice or even video calls. Shout out facetime. I just seem to be a little more favorable to “old” things. Call me traditional…

Except actually call me that. I’m about as old-lady as you can get out of someone in their 20’s these days. Scary details to come. Not really. What is heard can never been unheard. Like when you talk on a telephone that records your calls! Yeah they can do that. But forget about speedial, let’s talk rotary.

also...

I put this in here because nexus phones are also a thing of beauty. I say this as an iphone carrier.

So of course I will leave you with beautiful phones and a thought.

Your voice is electricity. Think about it.

 

Photo credits to:

Telecomhistory.org, Finevictorianshop.com, Oldphoneworks.com, and yeah Google. Suck it.