MIRKA MORA: A LIFE MAKING ART
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