Take a Ten-Minute Trip To Georgia O'Keeffe's Favorite New Mexico Landscapes With This Short Film

  • January 07, 2021 16:32

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Cerro Pedernal, viewed from Ghost Ranch. This was a favorite subject for O'Keeffe, who once said, "It's my private mountain. It belongs to me. God told me if I painted it enough, I could have it." Image via Wikipedia, by Artotem from Here, There, and... - Ghost Ranch - The Mountain She Claimed.

When I got to New Mexico, that was mine. As soon as I saw it, that was my country. I’d never seen anything like it before, but it fitted to me exactly. It’s something that’s in the air, it’s just different. The sky is different, the stars are different, the wind is different.

I feel at home here – I feel quiet – my skin feels close to the earth when I walk out into the red hills… - Georgia O'Keeffe

Offering a momentary getaway, a new short film transports viewers to the ruggedly spectacular landscapes that Georgia O'Keeffe cherished from locales she called "the Black Place" to "the closest thing to God."

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The artist's New Mexico studio/residences the 21,000-acre Ghost Ranch and in-town Abiquiú were surrounded by cottonwoods, badlands, cliffs, mesa, valleys, adobes and more elements that famously provided her with decades of inspiration, from the 1920s until her death in 1986.

Philadelphia filmmaker Todd Ballantyne traveled through northern New Mexico in 2017 to find the locations of O’Keeffe’s paintings. He collaborated with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe to create the ten-minute film “The Far Away,” showcasing the places that fueled O'Keeffe's art. 

View the "The Far Away" film on YouTube. Read more O'Keeffe quotes paired with her paintings from the Tate Modern's 2016 retrospective.

For another escape, stream "Off in the Far Away Somewhere: Georgia O'Keeffe's Hawaii."

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