My theme this year is the ABCEDARIA of Women who have inspired me.
And finally Z is for Andrea Zittel - an environmental artist whose blog is called A-Z!
Confession - Andrea Zittel started inspiring me when I read about her this morning (two days before you are reading this post). There just aren't enough Z's but I can honestly and vehemently say - wowza! She is so bloody inspiring. I found her on a list of alternative artists (or something like that). I didn't want to put another poet from the 3rd century. Not that there is anything wrong with them but... Andrea Zittel is crazy good. She makes installation art. Here is a description of her work:
Zittel’s sculptures and installations transform everything necessary for life—such as eating, sleeping, bathing, and socializing—into artful experiments in living. Blurring the lines between life and art, Zittel’s projects extend to her own home and wardrobe. Wearing a single outfit every day for an entire season, and constantly remodeling her home to suit changing demands and interests, Zittel continually reinvents her relationship to her domestic and social environment. Influenced by Modernist design and architecture from the early twentieth century, the artist’s one-woman mock organization, A–Z Administrative Services, develops furniture, homes, and vehicles for contemporary consumers with a similar simplicity and attention to order. Seeking to attain a sense of freedom through structure, Zittel is more interested in revealing the human need for order than in prescribing a single unifying design principle or style. “People say my work is all about control, but it’s not, really,” she remarks....
There is no clear way for me to describe what she does but I am intrigued to find out more. She creates these absolutely fascinating little structures to live out on the land in - or furniture that looks like boulders - or chamber pots.
Her company A-ZWest has this as a descriptor: A-Z West, an institute of investigative living: The A-Z enterprise encompasses all aspects of day to day living. Home furniture, clothing, food all become the sites of investigation in an ongoing endeavor to better understand human nature and the social construction of needs.