Painting: So Cute & Creepy
Spiral Workshop 2007
Pui Lam Law
Spiral Director: Olivia Gude
What makes something or someone cute?
Is cute always small and young?
Is young and small always cute?
Is cute always “girly?”
Is cute a way of controlling girls?
Are cute and creepy at opposite ends of a spectrum?
At what point does something become so cute, it isn’t cute anymore?
Does it then become creepy?
The mission of Painting So Cute & Creepy is to investigate all the ramifications of the concepts of cute and creepy through painting practices.
The students explored notions of the cute by manipulating paint, altering scale, adjusting color, and transforming everyday objects into objects worthy to be memorialized in paint.
After exploring cuteness, the group moved on to creepy. Given the themes and look of much contemporary artwork, we were not surprised to note that the concepts seemed to come full circle, eventually merging and overlapping, making it hard sometimes to distinguish the cute from the creepy or the creepy from the cute.
Cute and creepy are ways of thinking, ways of experiencing, ways of representing.
Too often art teachers try to banish the cute and the creepy from the art classroom. We embrace cuteness and creepiness because we recognize them as meaning making positions that may aid students in making art that represents and deconstructs the construction of personal experience.
By the way, you look really cute today!