Simone Adolphine Weil (/veɪ/ VAY, French: [simɔn vɛj] (About this soundlisten); 3 February 1909 – 24 August 1943) was a French philosopher, mystic, and political activist.
Taking a path that was unusual among 20th-century left-leaning intellectuals, she became more religious and inclined towards mysticism as her life progressed. Weil wrote throughout her life, although most of her writings did not attract much attention until after her death. In the 1950s and 1960s, her work became famous in continental Europe and throughout the English-speaking world. Her thought has continued to be the subject of extensive scholarship across a wide range of fields. A meta study from the University of Calgary found that between 1995 and 2012 over 2,500 new scholarly works had been published about her. Albert Camus described her as "the only great spirit of our times".
"Simone Weil." Wikipedia. December 28, 2020. Accessed January 03, 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simone_Weil.
Lutz Bacher (21 September 1943 – 14 May 2019) was an artist closely associated with Berkeley, California since the 1970s, and who lived and worked in New York City from 2013 until her death The name Lutz Bacher was a pseudonym, and the artist did not publicly reveal a former name. She was once considered a figure with "cult" status—known for being "legendary but elusive" in the California art scene. Since the early 2000s, her work increasingly gained mainstream recognition.
Bacher's body of work has been described as "eclectic," "rough, open-ended," and "disturbing." It consists of works in a variety of formats, including videotapes, photographs, and other mixed media. Many of these works incorporate elements from popular culture, personal artifacts, and found objects, and address questions of identity as expressed through sexuality and the human body.
"Lutz Bacher." Wikipedia. November 17, 2020. Accessed January 03, 2021. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutz_Bacher.