“We have no art. We do everything as well as we can.”

She probably wouldn’t like me saying this, but there is something almost otherworldly about Corita Kent.

Corita Kent (1918–1986) was an artist, educator, and advocate for social justice. At age 18 she entered the religious order Immaculate Heart of Mary, eventually teaching in and then heading up the art department at Immaculate Heart College. Her work evolved from figurative and religious to incorporating advertising images and slogans, popular song lyrics, biblical verses, and literature. Throughout the ‘60s, her work became increasingly political, urging viewers to consider poverty, racism, and injustice. In 1968 she left the order and moved to Boston. After 1970, her work evolved into a sparser, introspective style, influenced by living in a new environment, a secular life, and her battles with cancer. She remained active in social causes until her death in 1986. At the time of her death, she had created almost 800 serigraph editions, thousands of watercolors, and innumerable public and private commissions.

A short presentation:

A few works:

perhaps we could endure” (1973) serigraphy

“downwards as well” (1972) serigraphy

Trascribed text: No noble, well grown tree ever disowned its dark roots, for it grows not only upwards but downwards as well. 

— Jung

To me Corita’s art is like a deep well of wisdom. A celebration of being, of joy & sadness, of the wonderful mystery of ordinary life.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. Oh, I so loved Sister Corita when I was a teenager! I haven’t considered her or her work much since, so thank you for this reminder. I had one of her posters on my wall for many years–one that featured the words “Passion is the very fact of God in man,” from Paddy Chayefsky.

  2. Sigrun says:

    One could imagine her art as being something primarily for younger people – but I (middle age +) must admit I find it both energizing, intriguing & very aesthetically pleasing!

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