Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Scorpio's Daughter - Georgia O'Keefe

Georgia O'Keefe born 15 November 1887, Sun Prairie, Wisconsin - time unknown

If I had been unable to find Georgia O'Keefe's birth data, I could almost have guessed it from the "keywords" found in a variety of on-line biographical pieces. For example:

Her paintings present crisply contoured forms that are replete with subtle tonal transitions of varying colors, and she often transformed her subject matter into powerful abstract images.

Her subjects were often enlarged views of the skulls and other bones of animals, flowers and plant organs, shells, rocks, mountains, and other natural forms. Her mysteriously suggestive images of bones and flowers set against a perspectiveless space have inspired a variety of erotic, psychological, and symbolic interpretations. Her later works celebrate the clear skies and desert landscapes of New Mexico, where she moved after her husband's death in 1946. She is regarded by critics as one of the most original and important American artists, and her works are highly popular among the general public.

Some of her best known work includes her flower and plant forms such as 'Black Iris' (1926), an elegant work construed by many as being sexually suggestive though this was denied by the artist.

"O'Keefe was a 'natural': not a naive or primitive painter by any means, but one who seemed to be instinctively in touch with the vibrations of the cosmos." Robert Hughes.

Georgia O'Keefe's chart shows 4 planets bunched together in Scorpio - Jupiter 17*, Sun 23*, Mercury 27* and Moon 28*. Venus and Uranus in Libra. Mars in Virgo, Saturn in Leo. Pluto is in Gemini (another of that Pluto in Gemini crowd!) Neptune is close to Pluto but at the end of Taurus. Neptune exactly opposes Moon, and the other bunched Scorpio planets. How could her intense Scorpio-ness NOT shine through her work?

O'Keefe spent much of her life in her beloved northern New Mexico, she died aged 98, in 1986, and her ashes were scattered from the top of a mountain she had looked out on from her home.
She had received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Gerald Ford in 1977 and the National Medal of Arts from Ronald Reagan in 1985.


Erica said...

Georgia O'keefe is most certainly a scorpio woman.
Great post, thank you for taking the time to write these!

Twilight said...

Erica ~ Hi there! Thanks for your interest. Looking at this 2006 post reminds me that I should improve and update it, and soon - Ms O'Keefe deserves that! It was written in my very early blogging days when Blogger software and I were strangers. :-)