Riposte Nº2: Power Up With Sister Corita
Riposte is a smart magazine for women, made by editor in chief Danielle Pender, creative director Shaz Madani, photography editor Gem Fletcher, features editor Liv Siddall and a roll call of excellent creatives. I've served as contributing editor since it's inception in 2013. Here's an excerpt from my article on Sister Corita Kent.
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Power Up With Sister Corita
Marimekko sundresses don't naturally spring to mind when you picture devout nuns, but Sister Mary Corita Kent wasn't your average bride of Christ. L.A. Ronayne takes a look back at the far out tale of the screen-printing sister who married religion with politics in a riot of colour to create early, controversial pop art masterpieces.
Best known for the prismatic screen printing that she created during the 1960s and 70s, Sister Corita saw and celebrated God in everything around her, from car washes to contemporary poetry. Aaron Rose, the director of Become A Microscope, a documentary about her work, described Sister Corita as a “positive West Coast alternative to Warhol”. Unlike the more tortured and melancholic traditions found in Roman Catholic art, Sister Corita's work is alive with humour - portraying ideology in populist, digestible ways and bending every day words into worship. By humanising the ancient, mysterious dispatches of the Catholic faith, Sister Corita broke the status quo, the strict ‘dos and don’ts’ of veneration; and the fact she dared to do this through screen-printing – a medium that was still waiting for permission to sit at the grown-up art table – sent tremors through the diocese…
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