|Marina Abramović - Manfred Werner Photo|
"Follow your intuition. Have courage. Do what you imagine. And always be completely present in the moment."
- Marina Abramović
I have never written, no, not one single blog post about Marina Abramović. She has been referred to as the grandmother of performance art. After seeing parts of this video in the past, but never this particular one below until today, I wondered why. When I first encountered her work, I wasn't sure what to think.
The performance art she created, nor her personality, never struck me as approachable, it was disturbing, and I thought was bordering on personal psycho therapy she was working through, in a very public way. Perhaps this is what most artists are attempting, in varying degrees anyway, whether they are aware of it or not.
Marina Abramović years later, now impresses me as a very wise, highly intelligent, and intense individual, with a powerful, strong personality. After seeing a few of her videos and hearing an extensive interview she gave, where she talked very openly and directly about her life, I began to get a very distinct impression of a complex, earnest, courageous woman, dedicated to art and creativity.
She'd been greatly effected by a troubled childhood, with an extremely controlling mother. This I believe, is what formed the foundation of her work as a performance artist. I have to say I am moved by her as a beautiful soulful woman, and I have great admiration for her intellect, strength and especially for her courage.