Though I am intrigued and inspired by all art media, I have an undeniable affinity toward painting, specifically Abstract Expressionism. I've always been fascinated by the work of Joan Mitchell, one of few female artists (along with Helen Frankenthaler, Lee Krasner, and Grace Hartigan) whose work was recognized during an artistic period defined by male bravado.
I developed a deep appreciation of her work during my undergraduate painting studies and an internship at the Joan Mitchell Foundation. The painterly print of these leggings immediately set me on course to yet another Mitchell-inspired outfit.
As a young girl, Mitchell (1925-1992) excelled in figure skating. After an injury rendered her unfit to skate, she turned to painting as her mode of expression. Many critics have compared her visceral brushstrokes to the imprint of skates on the ice.
Though many Abstract Expressionist artists denied any kind of representation, Mitchell openly portrayed landscape through her large, colorful canvases.
As a fixture at the Cedar Tavern, along with Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, and Jackson Pollock, Mitchell was really at the core of Abstract Expressionism before she moved to Vétheuil, Monet's home, for the duration of her life.
The Joan Mitchell Foundation now exists to support art education for underprivileged youths and provide teaching jobs and grants to working artists. Find out more about the Foundation and its programs here.
To balance out the Mitchell-esque print of the leggings and tee, I simply added a few bright solids and neutral accessories.
This Burton snowboarding under armor has to be the warmest, most versatile thing in my wardrobe. Though I do not participate in any winter sports, I can definitely appreciate a good warm layer in the winter months!
I'm wearing an H&M sweater dress, Burton Dry Ride thermal leggings and crewneck, a vintage braided leather belt, AE scarf, Marc bag, and Zigi SoHo suede boots.
[Mitchell images from stevenalexanderjournal.blogspot.com, kimmco.typepad.com, writingaboutart.wordpress.com, and benandalice.com, respectively.]