Petra Collins, queen of hazy dream aesthetics, has offered her talents to London’s Tate Modern gallery for the UK’s first Georgia O’Keeffe retrospective in twenty years. The notorious Wonderland photographer directed a short film in which she both interprets and celebrates O’Keeffe’s signature staples: poetic abstraction, carved desert landscapes, soft hues of color and multi-dimensional texture. Full of Collins’ muses of choice—Lee Armoogam, Barbara Ferreira, Seashell Coker, Maia Ruth Lee, Ajani Russell— the women react to their fantastical environments, while audio segments from O’Keeffe play on loop.
Petra discussed her inspiration and technique for the project with Wonderland Magazine:
“O’Keeffe was one of the first artists who made me appreciate colour in a whole new way. Her use of it makes me feel like her landscapes are complex beings. That with each stroke of colour, each line, each curve, she’s bringing these locations to life. With this short I wanted each girl to really play with their surroundings (that were inspired by O’Keeffe’s desert and Lake George – her two favourite spots) – to use their every inch of skin, muscle, bone, etc and really put themselves into her landscape too – while making their own.”
The exhibit, will cover the span of O’Keeffe’s most active years, 1910s to the 1970s. Over 100 pieces will be featured along with Petra Collins’ artistic contribution.