Celebrate the pioneering work of women artists with our personality quiz
Take our quiz and explore the lives, work, and influence of groundbreaking, creative women. Answer a few questions about yourself, and find out who will inspire you today.
<div class="riddle_target" data-rid-id="143202" data-fg="#1486CD" data-bg="#FFFFFF" style="margin:0 auto;max-width:100%;width:640px;" data-auto-scroll="true"> <script src="https://www.riddle.com/files/js/embed.js"></script> <iframe style="width:100%;height:300px;border:1px solid #cfcfcf;" src="https://www.riddle.com/a/143202?" title="Personality Test - Find artistic inspiration"><section><h2>Find artistic inspiration</h2></section><section><h2>Bohemian like you: Vanessa Bell</h2><p><p>You’re an open-minded intellectual, a well-read rebel. You like to surround yourself with creative types, much like artist <strong>Vanessa Bell</strong>.</p><p><br></p><p>Bell (1879 – 1961) was a central figure in the Bloomsbury Group, a radical collection of artists, writers and thinkers who turned tradition upside down in the early part of the twentieth century. They were famous for their bohemian lifestyles and infamous for their complex relationships. Members included the art critic Roger Fry, painter Duncan Grant and Bell’s younger sister, writer Virginia Woolf. </p><p><br></p><p>Whether gathered around the squares of central London or at Charleston farmhouse – Bell’s Sussex country home – the group were committed to challenging the traditions of their parents’ generation. Like Bell, you strongly believe that art should transform the way we live. Through the Omega Workshops, she produced influential designs for the home, including paintings, fabrics and ceramics.</p><p><br></p><p>Find out more about Vanessa Bell and her artistic circle in <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/b/bloomsbury/bonnie-greer-on-virginia-woolf-and-bloomsbury-group" target="_blank">our podcast with Bonnie Greer</a>, part of the Walks of Art series.</p><p><br></p><p>Dame Ethel Walker <em>Vanessa</em> (detail) 1937 © Tate</p></p></section><section><h3>Under the mask, another mask: Claude Cahun</h3><p><p><span style="color: black;">You take nothing for granted, not even yourself. In fact, it’s sometimes hard for people to put their finger on the real you. But that’s the point: identity is, for you, impossible to pin down.</span></p><p><span style="color: black;"> </span></p><p><span style="color: black;">In that way, you’re kindred spirits with Claude Cahun (1894 </span>–<span style="color: black;"> 1954). Born Lucy Schwob, she and her partner adopted gender-neutral names soon after moving to Paris. They began to create surreal photographs using outlandish masks, props and costumes that questioned ideas of gender and femininity. Likewise, her book of short stories, </span><em style="color: black;">Heroines</em><span style="color: black;">, reappraised historical female figures, including Judith, Salomé and Cinderella.</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: black;">Like Cahun, you hate labels: “Masculine? Feminine?” she once wrote, “It depends on the situation. Neuter is the only gender that always suits me.”</span></p><p><span style="color: black;"> </span></p><p><span style="color: black;">Read more about Claude Cahun in our </span><a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain/display/bp-walk-through-british-art/queer" target="_blank" style="color: black;">queer walk through British art</a><span style="color: black;">.</span></p><p><br></p><p><span style="color: black;">Claude Cahun </span><em style="color: black;">'I Extend my Arms'</em><span style="color: black;"> (detail) 1931 or 1932 </span>© The estate of Claude Cahun</p></p></section><section><h3>All the world's your stage: Joan Jonas</h3><p><p>You’re a born performer, just like Joan Jonas. A true pioneer of performance and video, Jonas (b. 1936) was one of the most important artists to emerge in 1960s New York.</p><p><br></p><p>Like Jonas, you’re able to smile at the impending apocalypse. Her work deals with serious themes of climate change, war, feminism and mass extinction, but there is always something joyful about her performances, installations and videos. People can rely on you to tell a good story. It’s never boring when you are around.</p><p><br></p><p>You’re also something of a Dr Doolittle, and feel at ease with furry or feathered friends. Animals figure centrally in Jonas’ art, especially her dogs. For one video piece, Jonas strapped camera to her dog Ozu and let him scamper over a beach. </p><p><br></p><p>See Joan Jonas in action: watch her <a href="BMW Tate Live performance" target="_blank">BMW Tate Live performance</a> from 2014.</p></p></section><section><h3>Making good: Anni Albers</h3><p><p>You are conscientious, highly-organised and disciplined (though with a rebellious streak). Deeply creative, you apply your talents with focus and care. Once you set your mind on something, you tend to get it done. Much like artist Anni Albers. </p><p><br></p><p>Albers (1899 –1994) rebelled against her wealthy upbringing and went to art school – and not just any art school, but the <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/art/art-terms/b/bauhaus" target="_blank">Bauhaus</a>. Like other women, she was barred from many of the classes. She chose to enrol in the weaving workshop and made textiles her means of expression. </p><p><br></p><p>She became a a pioneering textile designer, weaver, writer, and printmaker. She integrated abstract modernism into textile weavings and introduced new technologies to the weaving workshop. Through her work, Albers asked viewers to consider fabric and textile work as art forms.</p><p><br></p><p>Discover more on Anni Albers at Tate Modern's <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/anni-albers" target="_blank">exhibition of her work</a>, opening 11 October 2018.</p><p><br></p><p><em>Anni Albers in her weaving studio at Black Mountain College, North Carolina</em>, 1937. Photograph: Helen M Pos, courtesy Joseph and Anni Albers Foundation</p></p></section><section><h3>Thinking big: Lorna Simpson</h3><p><p>You are a highly creative communicator, never afraid to tackle to big questions head-on. You use your artistic and writerly skills to motivate others, whether you are getting political (with a big and small ‘p’), or inspiring your friends and families. </p><p><br></p><p>Much like New York-based artist, Lorna Simpson. An eminent artist since the 1980s, Simpson (b. 1960) is known for her large-scale works that combine photography and text, as well as works on film. Working across many media, she addresses a wide range of issues with her work – including sex, identity, race, culture, history, and memory. Simpson resists easy answers in her work and leaves space for viewers to come up with their own answers.</p><p><br></p><p><a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/lorna-simpson-12577/art-hoe-collective-meet-lorna-simpson" target="_blank">Watch Lorna Simpson discussing her work</a> with Art Hoe Collective.</p><p><br></p><p>Lorna Simpson <em>Five Day Forecast</em> 1991 © Lorna Simpson, courtesy Salon 94, New York</p></p></section><section><h3>Love to play: Eileen Agar</h3><p><p>You are curious and perceptive, with a playful sense of humour. You love nature and collecting beautiful objects. Highly imaginative, you look at the world from a sideways perspective. You're open to new experiences and appreciate life’s absurdities – much like Eileen Agar.</p><p><br></p><p>Agar (1904–1991) was one of the few women artists to become associated with the Surrealist movement. A lot of her work is assembled using different found materials and objects, such as feathers, beads and shells. She often took the natural world as her cue, responding playfully to the landscape around her (see her photograph of '<a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/art/archive/items/tga-8927-13-55/agar-photograph-of-bum-and-thumb-rock-in-ploumanach" target="_blank">Bum and Thumb Rock</a>').</p><p><br></p><p><a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/eileen-agar-633/eileen-agar-british-surrealist" target="_blank">Find out more about Agar</a> and what her letters and sketches tell us about this very British surrealist.</p><p><br></p><p>Photograph of Eileen Agar lying on a beach with a plastic swan and a rubber shark. Photograph by Joseph Bard 1938 © The estate of Joseph Bard</p></p></section><section><h3>All word, all action: Linder</h3><p><p>You are open-minded, lively and brimming with creativity. You're full of ideas and strong opinions, and passionate about sharing them - much like the artist Linder.</p><p><br></p><p>A radical feminist and member of the Manchester punk and post-punk scenes, Linder (b. 1954) is best known for her montages. These bring together images taken from fashion, lifestyle and pornographic magazines to explore cultural expectations of women and the treatment of the female body as a commodity. </p><p><br></p><p>Like Linder, you are admired for your clear-thinking and your direct and uncompromising approach. You are also an excellent collaborator; not only to do you enjoy and find inspiration in working with others, you take pleasure in inspiring them too. </p><p><br></p><p>Linder works across disciplines too, and has collaborated over the years with graphic designers, writers and musicians. Find out more about <a href="http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/linder-10844/linder-ultimate-form" target="_blank">a special performance</a> created by Linder, inspired by Barbara Hepworth.</p><p><br></p><p>Linder <em>Untitled </em>1976 © Linder</p></p></section><section><h2>How would you describe yourself?</h2></section><section><h3>Where would you feel most at home?</h3></section><section><h3>What is the one thing you can't live without?</h3></section><section><h3>What do you listen to in the studio?</h3></section><section><h3>In a previous life, you were a...</h3></section><section><h3>What is your biggest fear?</h3></section><section><h3>What is your best quality?</h3></section><section><h3></h3></section></iframe> </div>
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