Thursday, May 22, 2008

being beatrice

Over and over I'm on the point of giving it up. (Beatrice Wood)

Well, obviously she didn't give it up and always managed to find a fresh spark of enthusiasm somewhere--or at least she didn't give it up for some time. Potter, artist, muse, actress, writer, The "Mama of Dada" and lover of chocolate and men, Beatrice Wood was still casting her spell even toward the end of her life when she became the inspiration for the character of Rose in the 1997 film Titanic. Beatrice never saw Titanic, because she knew how sad the ending would be, and she died in March of 1998, just about a week after her 105th birthday.

(Pictured: Artists Beatrice Wood, Marcel Duchamp and Francis Picabia in 1917)