Art & Design
'Breakfast in fur' Meret Oppenheim
Oppenheim (artist, sculptor and poet) was born in Berlin in 1913, but grew up in Switzerland and at age 18 moved to Paris. She was part of the Surrealist art movement as both muse and artist, (black and white art photographs and prints by Man Ray featured her as a young model) and is mainly know for her iconic and clever art objects. 'Breakfast in fur' is arguably the most recognized of her objects and has recently been displayed at MoMA.
The cup, spoon and saucer, lined with the fur of a Chinese gazelle, have been described as the 'ultimate' surreal art piece by contemporaries. According to some sources, it was inspired by a breakfast get-together with a small group of artists, including Pablo Picasso, at which it was reportedly remarked that you could cover anything in fur.
The popularity of her art in her early twenties brought continuous bouts of depression, she struggled to live up to the initial success and fame. Only a part of her art pieces survives, as she destroyed much of her own work during that period of identity crisis.
"My Nurse" Meret Oppenheim
My personal favorite is another one of her early objects: 'My Nurse'. It is a pair of high-heeled shoes, tied together and presented on a platter like a roasted bird, the heels angled apart like a woman lying on her back with legs spread.
Oppenheim's art has been seen as a criticism of women's exploitation by the opposite sex, and although I can not be certain it was intended by the artist, to me, it clearly hints at the tradition of bound feet for young girls (the title also points to the pressures, cliches and conditioning of youth upbringing).
Art in Hawaii
Living in Hawaii is an inspiring experience, both artistically and spiritually.