Thursday, May 15, 2014

Art Files No. 4 | Sister Corita Kent

Sister Corita Kent - cuz nothing says “badass" like being an activist/artist nun, that just so happens to be friends with Saul Bass, Charles and Ray Eames and Alfred Hitchcock.
Continuing with the serigraphy theme this week, I just love the typography and colour work throughout her art pieces. They are a well balanced mixture between sentences from the scriptures, references to 60’s and 70’s adds, street imagery and overall Pop Art aesthetic. A true artist that changed how serigraphy has used and that influenced what later came to be street art.
She taught Art at the Immaculate Heart School in Los Angeles and you can see here (a clip from Become a Microscope, a 2009 film about Corita) how she influenced her students by taking them to car washes and playing rock music during her classes (again - badass).
Kent's work addressed many of the 70’s main issues like the civil rights and the Vietname War, eventually her work as a women’s rights advocate, and the resistance from the Catholic Church to reform its policies regarding the subject, lead to Corita’s abandonment of the ministry.
She dedicated the rest of her life to making art. 

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