NARRATOR: A deer skull floats in a white cloud, above colorful flowers. The artist, Georgia O’Keeffe, didn’t like to explain her paintings. What you found in them, she said, were just shapes that she saw around her in the deserts of New Mexico.
GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: The bones do not symbolize death to me. They are shapes that I enjoy. It never occurs to me they have anything to do with death.
NARRATOR: However you interpret it, this painting shows you how deeply inspired O’Keeffe felt when she encountered New Mexico.
GEORGIA O’KEEFFE: 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. Like something that’s in the air-it’s just different. The sky is different, the stars are different, the wind is different.