The work of Sister Corita Kent – an LA-based screenprinting nun from the 1960s whose inspirational work still resonates as much as ever.Sister Corita was unusual in that as well as being part of the religious order Immaculate Heart of Mary, she was an educator, a successful artist and a strong advocate for social justice. As heading of the art department at Immaculate Heart College, she created work with mass appeal, incorporating everything from images and slogans taken from the world of advertising to song lyrics, biblical verses, and literature.
Corita’s work became increasingly political throughout the 1960s and reflected the racism, poverty and injustice which plagued parts of America at the time. While she is known for her religious beliefs, in 1968 she left the order. She carried on working and fighting for social justice until her death in 1986. By then, she had created almost 800 serigraphs, thousands of watercolors, and many public and private commissions.