Friday, June 22, 2007

Sister Corita Kent




Sister Corita Kent has been an inspiration since I saw her original serigraphs all along the staircase of the loft I used to rent at my dear friend Maxine's house. I loved the colors combos, the freeflowing style, the message, the fact that she was a rebel nun! Maxine was a student of Corita's back in the day and had a great collection of her work. Tonight I found time to read the latest book about Sister Corita purchased from the Hammer the night we were there for the KCRW party. Also found these Art Department Rules to be good ones to live by. I wish I knew #8 earlier! It's so true!

IMMACULATE HEART COLLEGE
Art Department Rules

Rule 1: FIND A PLACE YOU TRUST AND TRY TRUSTING IT FOR A WHILE Rule 2: GENERAL DUTIES OF A STUDENT: PULL EVERYTHING OUT OF YOUR TEACHER, PULL EVERYTHING OUT OF YOUR FELLOW STUDENTS Rule 3: GENERAL DUTIES OF A TEACHER: PULL EVERYTHING OUT OF YOUR STUDENTS Rule 4: CONSIDER EVERYTHING AS AN EXPERIMENT Rule 5: BE SELF DISCIPLINED. THIS MEANS FINDING SOMEONE WISE OR SMART AND CHOOSING TO FOLLOW THEM. TO BE DISCIPLINED IS TO FOLLOW IN A GOOD WAY. TO BE SELF DISCIPLINED IS TO FOLLOW IN A BETTER WAY. Rule 6: NOTHING IS A MISTAKE. THERE IS NO WIN AND NO FAIL. THERE IS ONLY MAKE. Rule 7: THE ONLY RULE IS WORK. IF YOU WORK, IT WILL LEAD TO SOMETHING. IT’S THE PEOPLE WHO DO ALL OF THE WORK ALL OF THE TIME WHO EVENTUALLY CATCH ON TO THINGS. Rule 8: DON’T TRY TO CREATE AND ANALYSE AT THE SAME TIME. THEY ARE DIFFERENT PROCESSES. Rule 9: BE HAPPY WHENEVER YOU MANAGE IT. ENJOY YOURSELF. IT’S LIGHTER THAN YOU THINK. Rule 10: WE’RE BREAKING ALL THE RULES INCLUDING OUR OWN AND HOW DO WE DO THAT? BY LEAVING PLENTY OF ROOM FOR X QUANTITIES. – JOHN CAGE

Helpful Hints: ALWAYS BE AROUND. COME OR GO TO EVERYTHING. ALWAYS GO TO CLASSES. READ EVERYTHING YOU CAN GET YOUR HANDS ON. LOOK AT MOVIES CAREFULLY, OFTEN. SAVE EVERYTHING – IT MIGHT COME HANDY LATER.
THERE WILL BE NEW RULES NEXT WEEK! - Sister Corita Kent

1 comment:

Anali said...

This is a great post! I don't know much about Sister Corita Kent except for her work of art in my neck of the woods. I live just south of Boston and see her work painted on the gas tank by the highway. There used to be two. You've inspired an upcoming post!