Happy Birthday: Corita Kent
Corita Kent was an educator, social activist, and printmaker born on November 20th.
Corita was a nun who was charged with teaching art at a Catholic high school. She taught her self how to silkscreen in order to develop her work and teach the students. In the process she developed a unique artistic voice. Her work transitioned over time initially being very ornate and figurative with religious themes. Later, she began using symbols and text from pop culture to express the spirituality in life. Her works transitioned into becoming political in theme and near the end of life she created simple watercolors that provided clear minimal statements.
She inspired people to find the joy in the everyday turning the ordinary into extraordinary. There's a Corita Kent Art Center which has an awesome collection of her work. I've included my favorites from their site in this post. They also sell items with her prints on them, definitely worth checking out!
"We have no art we do everything as well as we can." ~ Corita Kent