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Artist Spotlight: Carrie Mae Weems

Carrie Mae Weems.


I am going to give her name it's own line as it deserves it due to her impressiveness.


She looks like the poster woman to every woman empowerment movement, the kind of woman that Michelle Obama would describe as an inspiration.


Yeah, I went there.


Michelle Obama.



She also gets her own line.


Just looking down the list of awards alone that Carrie Mae Weems has collected on her journey thus far speaks to the power of her work. The list of awards being too long to fit into one blog.


Carrie Mae Weems was born in Portland,Oregon, in 1953, the second of seven children to Carrie Polk and Myrlie Weems. At around the age of 16 she relocated to San Francisco to study modern dance, later on she decided to continue her studies at the California Institute of the Arts and graduated at the age of 28 with a BA.



From an early age she had a keen interest in politics and when she received her first camera as a present she started taking pictures accordingly before moving to a more artistic edge. Now considered one of the most influential American contemporary artists, Carrie Mae Weems has covered topics such as family relationships, cultural identity, sexism, class, political systems and the consequences of power with her work.


She has developed a complex body of work, using photographs, text, fabrics, audio, digital images, installation and video.



Walking into her exhibit at the Tate Modern I was instantly struck by how simplistic and unfussy her work is. Each one of her images drew you in closer to look at its uncomfortable message each one striking an emotional note deep within your conscious. I left feeling as if that room needed a warning sign before allowing you to enter as the power of what I just saw was quite unnerving. I knew that I wasn't the only one affected as that was the only room that I walked into in the whole gallery that was completely silent.


As soon as I got home I jumped on my laptop, googled her and quickly became obsessed with her body of work.


I would highly recommend going to the Tate Modern in London as soon as possible and checking out her 'From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried' exhibit.


What art have you seen recently that has moved you or had a profound affect on you?


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