Violeta

by Janet Ruhe-Schoen

Regarding her work, the artist says:

The collage Violeta [from Violeta del Carmen Parra Sandoval, a Chilean composer, songwriter, folklorist,and visual artist] is part of a series, My Literary Icons, which includes Pablo Neruda, Flora Tristan, and others.

Janet Ruhe-Schoen has been making collages since childhood, as a form of visual poetry. She became a Violeta Parra fan while living in Chile during the 1980s. Violeta is an ever-living presence in Chile. Recording a vocal in a Chilean studio, Ruhe-Schoen noticed colorful, small primitive paintings on the baseboards and learned they were by Violeta, who had occupied the building and hosted peñas (folk cabarets) there, years before. The collage Violeta is part of a series, My Literary Icons, which includes Pablo Neruda, Flora Tristan, and others.

Comments

By Toti O'Brien on Feb 03, 2017 12:29 (UTC)

I love the way you textured it (reminding me Violeta towards the end of her life was also a fiber artist), the choice of autumn tones, the glitter/and/shadow, the leaves-that-are-also-tears. The implied statement Violeta was a flower (she was). What a beautiful artwork, and great tribute.