Consider Everything an Experiment: Sister Corita Kent

Curator: Sara Frisk
date: January 22, 2014
Categories: Book & Magazine Design, Entertainment Design, Illustration, Typography
Tags: Come Alive! The Sprited Art of Sister Corita, corita art center, immaculate heart college art department, sister corita kent, Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
“We yearn for the fully packed, the circle that is so juicy and perfect that not an ounce more can be added.”

I’ve recently become fascinated by the raw and fearless work of Sister Corita Kent. Perhaps it’s the residual influence of ten long years of Catholic school, or the fact that my father’s only sister possessed an eerily similar tension—a Catholic nun who was one of the most fiercely independent and liberal women I’ve ever known.

My aunt Pat moved to Brazil as a missionary when I was in fourth grade, only to leave the church shortly thereafter out of frustration with the restrictions of her role as a woman. She believed she could have greater impact on her small community in Goiania if she was left to her own devices, which she proved true for the next 25 years. 

Kent followed a similar journey. A Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, she ran the Art Department at Immaculate Heart College until 1968 when she left the Order and moved to Boston to devote herself to making art.

Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
“Two heads really are better than one.”

Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent

Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
“Day to day, moment to moment, a person goes through life looking uncertainly to the eyes of others, watching for that flicker of ‘yes‘ which confirms the essence of his own being.”

“There are so many hungry people that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.” –Ghandi

"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."

Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
“Should like to be able to love my country and still love justice.” –Albert Camus

Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent
“Be (a little) more careful of love than of everything.”

“Life is a complicated business fraught with mystery and some sunshine.” –Philip Roth

Rumor has it Sister Corita was friends with Alfred HitchcockJohn CageSaul BassBuckminster Fuller and Charles and Ray Eames—which should come as no surprise when you uncover her philosophy of success in Rule #7: “It’s the people who do all of the work all the time who eventually catch on to things.” 
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