In 1879, at the age of 17, she participated in Spiritist séances, wherein participants attempted to make contact with the dead, and she became a member of the Spiritist Literature Association. The following year, her younger sister, Hermina, passed away, and af Klint tried to communicate with her deceased sibling. Soon after, the artist left the Spiritist movement, feeling it provided a mere shortcut for people to gain information that they were not yet ready to receive.Anthroposophy. But her most profound experiences came within a smaller circle:
In the 1890s, af Klint began meeting regularly with four other women who shared her beliefs; together, they called themselves The Five. As Bashkoff explains in the catalogue for the Guggenheim exhibition, “The Five believed that they communicated with and received messages from beings of higher consciousness by entering trance states or using a psychograph (a tool used to record psychic transmissions).” During these meetings, an otherworldly “guide” instructed af Klint to design a temple connected by a spiral path, and commissioned her to make paintings for this temple. The 193 works that af Klint created in the subsequent years are collectively known as The Paintings for the Temple.
the Guggenheim in New York last year. Modern art types are mainly impressed that she painted fully abstract works years before Kandinsky et al. got famous for them.