Friday, December 21, 2007

Words, words, words

A recent discussion of words on art, on the QuiltArt list, brought to mind the work of Corita Kent, originally known as Sister Corita, who made wonderful silkscreen prints covered in words. She was at the height of her popularity in the '60s and most of her works were messages of social activism. I wrote an entry on the raggedcloth blog about Sister Corita. I guess it looks very dated, but I still love her work. Lots of people copied her style and her use of words and quotes. But, unlike her emulators, she avoided cliche and schmaltz with words that are crisp and meaningful. The quote in the righthand corner is from Sargent Shriver:

"Now we mount a wider stage, with new and greater responsibility, in a harder world than we have ever known. But someday, as the philosopher told us, "After mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love. And then for the second time in the history of the world, we will have discovered fire."

That still seems like pretty good stuff to me.

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And speaking of words on art, how about this cheery and very merry postcard?! It arrived in today's mails from Lisa Flowers Ross in Boise. I always enjoy reading Lisa's blog and seeing her wonderful artwork. I am lucky to have a Lisa piece of my own now. Thanks, Lisa!


  1. The postcard is very lovely. Those color combos just keep coming back!

    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year Terry!

  2. Oh, I love and covet that very cheery postcard.