2014 Challenge August 4 to 9, 2014: Mimi Parent, "Queen of the Fish"
Mimi Parent (1924-2005) was born in Montreal and attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts there, where she met Jean Benoit. They married in 1948. Born as Marie Parent, she's also known as Mimi Benoit Parent.
Parent and Benoit moved to Paris and there they met Andre Breton, founder of the Surrealist movement. They exhibited and collaborated on displays, performances and books with Breton.
Mimi Parent continued to work until the end of her life. She's particularly known for creating shadow-boxes. This particular piece was done in 1963, with fabric and needle.
To make this challenge even more challenging, we'll each render the image in terms of circles and triangles.
Every year the artists also create a "pre-piece" to demonstrate their own particular medium. This year, each of us will use another image taken from Mimi Parent's work. And as always, our studio week will include a storyboard panel about the artist, and each of us will also create a display to explain the thinking and planning that has gone into the piece we're doing. The Ripoff Artists are in the process of learning more about this artist and her work. Check back for more information!