My theme for the Blogging from A to Z challenge is Creativity. Today I want to spotlight Yoko Ono. She’s always been a controversial person with her politics, lifestyle, and art. Personally, I don’t have strong feelings either way about her and her work. But I do think she’s truly followed her own path in life and creatively expresses herself with her heart and soul.
Here are some highlights from her career as a poet, artist, and film maker:
* Her 1961 “Smoke Painting” was a suspended piece of canvas accompanied by this note: “Light canvas or any finished painting with a cigarette at any time for any length of time. See the smoke movement. The painting ends when the whole canvas is gone.”
* In 1964, she staged her “cut piece” where the audience participated by cutting off pieces of her clothing until she was naked. This was Ono’s commentary on ridding oneself of materialism.
* In the mid-1960s, she collaborated with Anthony Cox, a film producer, art promoter, and Ono’s first husband, in the film Bottoms, which showed close-ups of nude rear ends. The film was banned by the British Board of Film Censors.
* Ono and John Lennon held a “bed-in” during their honeymoon in 1969 to promote world peace. They invited various members of the press into their hotel room to ask questions.
After Lennon’s death, Ono continued her art and music career. She recorded albums, composed two off-Broadway musicals, and in 2002, saw a collection of her artwork exhibited in New York City, her first retrospective in the United States.
Visit this site for many more details, including pictures, of her life and art.
I believe Yoko Ono was, and is, an artist who “thinks outside the box” like no other!
What do you think of Yoko Ono and her work?