MIRKA MORA: A LIFE MAK­ING ART

Life & Style Weekend - - RELAX - Sabine Cotte

THAMES & HUDSON, $50

I thought I al­ready knew a lot about artist Mirka Mora but this book opened up a whole new in­sight. Through art con­ser­va­tor and friend Sabine Cotte, we are taken on a new jour­ney of Mora’s life through her art tech­niques and pro­cesses. It’s a jour­ney that re­veals even more about the woman than al­most all the other ar­ti­cles and pub­li­ca­tions put to­gether. It’s about how and why she made art. The book shows us the mo­ti­va­tion be­hind her soft sculp­tures, the drive be­hind her in­tri­cate mo­saics and the pas­sion be­hind her draw­ings and paint­ings, which she of­ten con­sid­ered never fin­ished and would add to or touch up years later. And it is this thought that lingers at the end of the book. Like her paint­ings, Mora’s artis­tic life will also never be fin­ished. Despite her death, her works and their mean­ing will al­ways give us more — a lit­tle touch of joy one day, a heart­felt pang of loss the next. She’s still here spin­ning her magic.

KA­RINA BARRYMORE VER­DICT: Ex­traor­di­nary

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