We Are Not A Muse is a celebration of female creativity: in art, ceramics, literature, music, photography, printmaking, textiles, and much more …
The concept of the muse in Western culture goes back a long way, to the time of the Ancient Greeks, when the nine daughters of Zeus and Mnemosyne – Calliope, Urania, Euterpe, Thalia, Inspiration, Melpomene, Erato, Mnemosyne, Clio, Terpsichore, and Polymnia – presided over the arts at Mount Olympus, inspiring great works through their knowledge and grace. Since then, the highly-gendered concept of the female muse has taken a strong hold in our culture. The muse becomes a silent, passive creature – reduced to a mere object whose sole purpose is to facilitate a male artist’s creativity.
This website will reexamine the lives and works of women creators who have traditionally been assigned the role of muse, alongside other female artists and designers to show just how vast female creativity is.
In the spirit of Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party, We Are Not A Muse is a collaborative project, brought to you by a core team of Clara, Kerry, Kirsty, Jamie and Mary (see below) and featuring guest posts by budding art historians and curators, all with an interest in the subject of the (not a) muse.
Enjoy! We Are Not A Muse.
The We Are Not A Muses:
Likes pottery and unwrapping artworks.
Favourite Not A Muse: Lucie Rie
I like modern art, geometric patterns and everything monochrome. Organised mess. Ikea is my heaven.
Favourite Not A Muse: Lee Krasner
Wannabe Pre-Raphaelite and cardigan enthusiast.
Favourite Not A Muse: Lizzie Siddal
I love all things Viennese and will forever wish I was painted by Klimt.
Favourite Not A Muse: Emilie Flöge
Editor in Chief
Chief cook and bottlewasher. Always on the lookout for a rogue apostrophe.
Favourite Not A Muse: Sophie Calle
If you have any questions for the We Are Not A Muses, please contact us on the form to the right.
Or perhaps you would like to contribute? Do get in touch!