Painting in a Culture of Fear
Chromophobia: Painting in a Culture of Fear
When we look at the front pages of newspapers and watch the news on television, it’s clear that we are living in uncertain times. Every day new threats are brought to our awareness: terrorist warnings, crimes, disease, and natural disasters. The speeches of many of our nation’s leaders often echo the same themes. We are told that we should be on alert for possible danger at any moment. Our lives seem fragile and almost helpless in the face of impending catastrophe.
Chromophobia was a space for young artists to explore and discuss the way in which families and societies construct fears. Chromophobia challenged the spirit of helplessness and despair that is generated in this culture of fear and created a venue in which youth could face fears and give voice to their hopes, dreams, and desires.
Chromophobia pursued this mission through an exploration of the practice of painting. Throughout history, artists have used the medium of paint to portray, not only visions of beauty, but also visions reflecting the anxiety and fears of the time. Our students explored different painting methods and devices employed by artists as a means of expression and deconstructing their own fears.
Chromophobia faculty: Alicia Hernandez & Brenda Vega
2005 Spiral Workshop Directors: Olivia Gude & Jessica Poser
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presentation containing project descriptions and examples of student work of the semester long curriculum.