Sister Mary Corita Quote of the Week from Greg Bover

August 21, 2014

To be disciplined is to follow in a good way
To be self-disciplined is to follow in a better way

Consider everything as an experiment

Nothing is a mistake

There is no win

There is no fail

There is only MAKE

Don’t try to analyze and create at the same time

They are different processes

Be happy when you can manage it

Enjoy yourself

It is lighter than you think

There will be new rules next week.

Excerpted from the Immaculate Heart College Art Department rules

Sister Mary Corita (1918-1986)

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Born Frances Elizabeth Kent, the Iowa native joined the Roman Catholic Sisters of the Immaculate Heart in 1936. She studied art at Otis College of Art and Design and the Chouinard Institute and received her BA from Immaculate Heart College where she laterbecame the Chair of the Art Department. She said her work was influenced by Buckminster Fuller and Charles and Ray Eames, with whom she enjoyed close relationships as she developed her signature style of painting and serigraphy, said by many to have changed the course of modern art. Corita Kent left the sisterhood in 1968, moved to Boston, and devoted herself to a highly successful life as a studio artist. Among her best known works are the “Love” postage stamp from 1985 and the controversial gas storage tanks on the Southeast Expressway in Dorchester which are said to contain the profile of Ho Chi Minh.

Greg Bover

With thanks to Christina Sun, in whose excellent Bowsprite: A New York Harbor Sketchbook I found this excerpt.

Gregory R Bover

One comment

  • Thanks for this post Greg. I have enjoyed Corita’s modern esthetic on the Dorchester gas tanks for years. And, her words are so right-on for anyone running an art studio and making art.

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