> Now I am challenging Woody to post one or two sentences on why he
> selected each of those women.
I choose them first because women are easily neglected in the
study of art history, even by a sensitive guy like me. When I choose
a reproduction the reinforce let's say, a design concept: it most likely
will end up being the work of a male artist. So, I stack the deck before
I start. Also, this sneaks in eight more artists to expose my students to.
Why these eight ? In part to provide diversity.
Diversity of ethnicity.
Diversity of cultures.
Diversity of media and styles.
I serve a diverse population and I'd like my artists to reflect that diversity.
Judy Decker wrote:
Because she is my favorite, and of course because of New Mexico.
Because of her courage to leave her own country and pursue the
dream of becoming an artist.
She shows that not all artists paint pretty pictures and to show
that art can be a powerful weapon to educate.
To demonstrate that art takes many forms and that by pursuing
your interests it can literally take you around the world.
> Maya Lin
To show that all famous artists are not dead and that even at a
young age you can make your ideas be recognized.
To make a connection to our mother earth and to show the power
of collaboration (with her husband) also to demonstrate the
rediscovery of ones culture.
To show how artistic talent can blossom in the inner city and how
an artists can take the stories in their own lives and heads and
To show how childhood tragedy and pain can become a major
factor in an artists expression.
I could go on and on about each of these ladies, and I do in class.
But I think the few comments I listed above will do. I just put up a
display about these artists in my classroom this morning. I was able
to use back issues of Scholastic Arts (Art & Man) for all but Maya Lin.