Rascuache/Southern Kitsch: Narrative Sculpture
June 21, 2020 – June 27, 2020
Salvador Jiménez-Flores and Casey Weldon
Incorporating personal stories, history, narrative, symbolism and found objects, this workshop parallels the resourcefulness and resilience of both Rascuache and Southern-kitsch cultures. Rascuache and Southern kitsch come with loaded histories, contradictions and dichotomies. The goal is to reclaim, celebrate and study how these aesthetics make the most of what is available to create fine art. Students will explore various handbuilding methods, posting and stacking techniques, basic surface application, and assemblage. Through demonstrations, slides, in-class activities, readings and group discussions, this course will be a constructive collaboration promoting a critical learning environment. Class conversations will focus on the content and context of student work. By making sculpture, students with an interest in culture, storytelling and self-identity will gain or enhance their handbuilding skills, ceramic surface techniques, and ability to design and create a modular ceramic sculpture or installation. Open to all skill levels.
COURSE FEE: $600
Salvador Jiménez-Flores is an interdisciplinary artist and assistant professor in Ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In his work, he explores the themes of colonization, migration, “the other,” stereotypes and futurism. Jiménez-Flores is a recipient of grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors and the New England Foundation for the Arts.
Casey Weldon is an artist and lives in Chicago where she teaches at Lillstreet Art Center and the Chicago Ceramic Center. Her extensive art education started at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. She earned her BFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she graduated with the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship Award. Weldon received her MFA at Kendall College of Art and Design with a full-ride fellowship.
In order to complete your registration, a $300 deposit is required.