It came to be in the conformation of the earth’s crust and the brilliance of ice crystals as well as the rolling sea that Wilhelmina Barns-Graham (1912-2004) found inspiration for describing nature’s forms and vitality, resulting in new ways of envisioning the world. Despite her modernist sensibilities, the abstractive process used in creating her works was often infused with an organic element. As she did not always abide by the status quo either in art or in life, perhaps in addition to illustrating artistic innovations, her works may also serve as a salute to freedom.
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