Petra Collins directed a short film for the Tate Modern, where an exhibition by American artist Georgia O'Keeffe opened in July. In this video, Collins offers his own interpretation of O'Keefe's paintings, which belong to the genre of magical realism: recognizable images appear in the film - desert surreal landscapes, cacti and animal skulls, and in the background there is a recording of an interview with the artist from the Tate Modern archive.
“I tried to paint what I see,” O'Keefe says in this post. “I thought that someone could teach me how to paint landscapes, but I never found this person. I just had to accept it and try. They could only tell me how they paint their landscapes, but they could not explain how to paint mine. " Collins said that she wanted to show O'Keefe's ability to abstract from the sexual images that many saw in her work, and paint her own landscapes, leaving others room for interpretation.
A retrospective exhibition featuring over 100 of the artist's works will be open at the Tate Modern until October 30th.