Whoo! Just one more week of Corita Kent study and then it's on to the next artist. This year is just flying by!
On Monday my mind was on the solar eclipse so I was looking for something related and came across this piece.
I also discovered there was a solar eclipse in 1972 and it was a total eclipse across northeastern Canada. Corita was living in Boston at that time so it would have been a partial eclipse for her.
That got me looking closer at the phrases in Corita's work and I lettered a few of them.
In 1968 Corita took a sabbatical in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She was exhausted. It was a difficult decision but afterward she decided to leave the IHM order. She moved to Boston and lived on her own for the first time in her life.
Corita met Father Daniel Berrigan back in California. They became close friends and collaborators. She designed the covers of his books and included his words and poetry in her art. They often wrote letters to each other. Her family, especially her sister Mary Catherine, and her friend Dan were her support system after she left the convent.
I ran across this fantastic post that shows some of Corita's process... just how big a role collage played for her and her detailed notes about size, placement, and color. On the left of each below is her process/notes/collage bits and on the right the finished screenprint. You can see in that last one how she printed two at a time using the same colors.
Corita is the 8th artist this year that I've studied in depth and each time I'm looking for connections between the artists, their art, and their stories.
Both Corita and Lois Mailou Jones were art professors, Corita at Immaculate Heart College and Lois at Howard University. Corita and Georgia O'Keeffe both liked and wore Marimekko dresses, Corita preferring the bright, bold patterns and Georgia more neutral solids. Both Marisol Escobar and Corita highlighted social issues like hunger and poverty in their work. Louise Bourgeois and Corita both had insomnia, often writing and creating though the night.
And then today I made a Corita inspired digital collage. I'm happy to hear that this chaos I feel is good for something!