Inspiration Comes From Many Sources – Come Alive! The Spirited Art of Sister Corita.

A few years ago I happened to be wandering around Tate St Ives. This was at a phase in my life where I had started to become interested in visual art, but wasn’t sure how this would develop. In a room full of pop art examples, I was drawn to the work of Sister Corita. In her book Come Alive! The Spirited Art of Sister Corita, Julie Ault says of Corita:

“Corita was charismatic and she was fearless. She spoke and acted with conviction and verve, exuding good energy as she beckoned people to graciously sidestep oppressive cultural conventions in favour of a celebrational (perhaps subversive) interrogation of society through creativity and everyday actions.”

Sister Corita’s work is inspirational, bold, vibrant and free. At a time of mass production, increased marketing and changes in packaging she was right on the money. I would recommend having a look at her life and work. You could start by watching Aaron Rose’s documentary Breaking A Habit: Sister Corita. Also have a look at the above mentioned book by Julia Ault and the Corita Art Center.

Come Alive! The Spirited Art of Sister Corita by Julie Ault – Image courtesy of gravelandgold.com

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