SAQA People and Portraits Exhibit, Part 3
Here is the final installment about this exhibit, The Nine Muses by Ulva Ugerup of Sweden. You can visit this artist’s blog and use the translator (it’s in Swedish, of course) for more information.
I love Ulva’s assignment of modern women to each Greek goddess who signifies the inspiration for literature, science and the arts. Not knowing the age group of my readers or interest in mythology, I have given a very brief description of each muse and real person. As for the poetic muses, they deserted me long ago.
Kalliope, muse of epic poetry, and Edith Sodergran, Swedish-speaking Finnish poet (1892-1923).
Klio, muse of history, and Emmeline Pankhurst, British political activist and leader of the British suffragette movement (1858-1928).
Euterpe, muse of music and song, Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter (1907-1954).
Thalia, muse of comedy, Suzanne Brogger, Danish writer, novelist, poet and journalist (1944–).
Melpomene, muse of tragedy, Victoria Benedictsson, Swedish author (penname Ernst Ahlgren), 1850-1888.
Terpsichore, muse of the dance, Isadora Duncan, American dancer (1877-1927).
Urania, muse of astronomy, and Tina Turner, American singer, dancer, actress and author (1939–).
Erato, muse of love poetry, and Marilyn Monroe, American actress (1926-1962).
Polyhymnia, muse of hymns, and Marian Anderson, American contralto (1897-1993).
I am off to work on my self-portrait–I should be able to finish by the weekend, when I will return to my Christmas quilt. I’ve quilted 4 of 16 blocks. I’m sing Superior Mono-Poly thread and ran out of #11 needles. I searched for a narrow red and green striped fabric for the binding while in Paducah with no joy. Perhaps a search on the internet will yield me better results. Or maybe I’ll just search my stash for a green that would work. Hmm, I just had a flash of inspiration–make a scrappy red and green binding. Maybe there’s something to these muses after all…