Some of Claude's travel photos are fine: some are fairly typical tourist shots, and some give us a pang of nostalgia, like Claude wearing his hopeful Obama campaign t-shirt in front of the US Capitol building.
Some of Claude's tourist endeavors are downright cringe-worthy. It's not Claude's fault; he picked popular destinations out of guidebooks. Like most tourists, he didn't delve deeply into the historical implications of his vacation destinations. And as amusing as Claude wearing a Mt. Rushmore t-shirt in front of Mt. Rushmore is, Mt. Rushmore itself is not funny at all. And while the Crazy Horse monument does not depict a racist white guy, it still desecrates the very land it was attempting to honor. Whoever's idea that was totally missed the mark.
I am retiring the entire collection of Claude's Travels for now. Claude may travel again in the future, but he will pick his destinations more carefully next time.
Claude likes to travel. Specifically, Claude likes to be a tourist. You may see him in front of a well-known monument, asking if you'll take his picture. Maybe he'll send you a postcard on his next trip. Claude (clawed) was named by Living in the Past, after another traveling cat in her family. Claude is drawn with marker, colored digitally, and poses in front of real (photographs of) popular tourist destinations.
Universal truths by some of the greatest thinkers and souls of our time. I do not own these likenesses.
Digitally enhanced silk screen prints: silk screened onto fabric using stencils or traditional screening methods, then scanned and manipulated using a graphics program.
Scribbled lines with black permanent marker on white paper, scanned and colors altered using a graphics program. These were fun to create, and I love the final look of them, but I do not own any of these characters or likenesses.
These were originally painted as answers to a visual questionnaire in September 2009.
Mayor Sam Adams
This one answered the question "What's in your wallet?" In addition to being the actual mayor of Portland, Mayor Sam Adams appeared as "Sam" the aide to the character of the mayor of Portland in the TV series "Portlandia." Sam is no longer Mayor, and his twitter account is defunct.
These pieces were tailored specifically to work with on-demand print fulfillment services, such as Café Press and RedBubble. These ones are all Outdoor School-themed.
I don't feel like it's appropriate to erase the existence of this art completely. It makes more sense to me to call out the problematic aspects in this blog (see topic: Out with the Old). I have made mistakes. I will own them. I have learned how to do better, and I will continue to seek opportunities to learn.
These posts chronicle my work as an artist in residence at a local middle school. Each project involved 1-6 weeks of working with a class (or multiple classes) of students for an hour or more (per class) each day. Each project was integrated with a science or social studies unit the students were studying outside of the art time, and the art was used to enrich and expand on those themes.
• 8 Years • 16 Projects • 24 Classes •