Petra Collins, the phenomenally talented artist and new-wave feminist, has been commissioned by the Tate Modern to create a short film to mark their retrospective of Georgia O’Keeffe. The retrospective is the first UK exhibition of O’Keeffe’s work in over twenty years and is the first show to open in the new, recently opened, Tate Modern building.
Collin’s, whose images are unflinchingly honest, draws on a handful of O'Keeffe's most celebrated works for the short film – breathing new life and meaning into these iconic paintings. In an age when womens' bodies are digitally manipulated or shamed, the combination of these two artists is an inspired pairing.
Discussing the piece, Collins said: "O'Keeffe was one of the first artists that made me appreciate color in a whole new way. Her use of it makes me feel like her landscapes are complex beings. That with each stroke of color, each line, each curve, she's bringing these locations to life. With this short I wanted each girl to really play with their surroundings (that were inspired by O'Keeffe's desert and Lake George - her two favourite spots) - to use their every inch of skin, muscle, bone, etc and really put themselves into her landscape too - while making their own."
Tickets to the Georgia O'Keeffe exhibition at Tate Modern are available here