I have made the final selection of artists that I want to write about for my dissertation.
I kept changing my mind. At first I wanted to write about artists whose work was similar to mine.
Then I wanted to write about artists whose work was similar to Agnes Martin's.
Then I decided to go with my own emotional pull to the work.
the above image is by Noriko Narahira from Japan
from her Scenes of White series 1999
machine stitch, felt
Aino Kajaniemi from Finland
Memory 2008 tapestry
I found that there just is not enough information about some artists, and this discouraged me. I would find an image of them in a book, but nothing online. Especially artists of the generation before me - still working, but not as digitally savvy as we need to be today. This made me realize how important the Internet is. I imagine that the Internet is changing how young people learn about art. Merja Winqvist from Finland
Tree 2002 paper, shellac
I prefer books, but was introduced to many artists from my two chosen cultures, Japanese and Finnish on the web. Kyoko Kumai from Japan
Blowing in the Wind 1999
stainless steel filament
These four are my final choices, selected because their work is simple, emotional, rooted in labour, grounded in nature, based on repetition, and expresses concern for our world.