24 Jul 3 things I learnt from my visit to Sophie Taeuber-Arp Retrospective at Tate Modern
Recently, I was invited by Tate Modern to an exclusive private view of Sophie Taeuber-Arp Exhibition. Sophie was one of the foremost abstract artists and designers of the 1920s and 30s. She made embroideries and paintings, designed tapestries, created puppets and mysterious Dada objects. (Text courtesy Tate) This is the first retrospective of her work in the UK and I was thrilled to see her work in person.
My top 3 three takeaways
- Challenge boundaries Sophie’s work flowed freely and she constantly questioned and challenged boundaries. As the Tate says, “She combined traditional crafts with the vocabulary of modernist abstraction, challenging the boundaries separating art and design.” She worked in textiles, architecture, interior design, theatre design and art. My belief that Artistic expression cannot and should not be contained in silos of art, craft, design was reaffirmed.
- Be unafraid to experiment Her free spirited approach is testimony to being open and curious. Always. Sophie played with materials, techniques, processes and ideas with joy and limitless curiosity. So inspiring!
- Be prolific Seeing her prolific output, I just couldnt help being reminded that the only way grow continuously as a creative is to just keep making work. That is the only path to progression.
Here are some photographs I took at the exhibition. Go see it. Open until 17 Oct 2021.