As an artist and educator, I am always pushing the boundaries between media, technology and messaging in my work. I recently began working with two adult students to collaboratively investigate the potential of Photoshop to graphically evidence our strengths and personalities. I loved the process of learning new tools, applying what we learn to real-life projects. For me, having a background in traditional 2 and 3-D art greatly enhances my digital explorations. I visited the Whitney Museum of Art last weekend and saw the exhibition “Signs of Resistance: A Visual History of Protest in America”. Standing in the midst of a room of Vietnam War protest posters, I was struck by how effective simple design with keen messaging can be – bright color, pronounced typography and to-the-point meaning. The next day, back at my computer I began to think about the issues of our time that are important to me and how I might begin a series of explorations and in what ways can the work I do as an educator help students to engage in divergent thinking, to question their value systems and through art to express their own beliefs – whatever they may be.
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The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery. – Francis Bacon