Gallery Piece - 2
2018 Comics vs. Art
The Problems of Our Future's Past is Present and With Us...
Original painting: The Problem We All Live With (1964), Norman Rockwell
Adaptation inspired by: X-Men comics and film
Prints for sale HERE
My Full Statement:
“It's because of people like you that I was afraid to go to school.” Mystique, X-Men (2000)
This is my second Comics vs Art exhibit piece featuring the character Mystique. I've always felt a connection with her and admired her for her strength of will and her persistence in the face of prejudice. Growing up as the oldest daughter of a mixed-race couple (has always been challenging). I was teased and shunned by my classmates and it was expected of me to stick up for my younger sister and brother.
When I was introduced to the X-Men comics and cartoons when I was a teenager, I immediately connected with the characters and the social struggles that they dealt with.
Those struggles and that prejudice remain as relevant today as they were decades ago. When I see the newsfeeds now.
My Gallery Statement:
Since its origins in the early 1960s, the “X-Men” series has played out as a metaphor to our country ’s troubled race relations. It was a natural selection for me to substitute Norman Rockwell's Ruby Bridges with a young Mystique. As the child of a mixed-race couple, I identify with Mystique, having first-hand experience with racial prejudice. I admire her strength in dealing with those who would exclude us, eliminate us, marginalize us, single us out, and ignore us. We are still here, representing, and standing proud for being who we are.
About Comics Vs. Art Exhibit
Comics vs Art III: The Museum Edition is the continued playful exploration of classical art through the lens of graphic artists.
This was the 3rd year for the Columbus Comics vs Art exhibit (The Museum Edition), a playful exploration of classical art through the lens of cartoonists and graphic artists.
Wild Goose Creative exhibited original works of art from Central Ohio cartoonists and comic book loving artists for the third Comics vs Art exhibit, curated by Canada Keck. Artists contributing to this exhibit will playfully re-imagine fine art paintings as comic art. This year the catalog of works to choose from is largely comprised of American artists, many with ties to Ohio, who represent the wide diversity of a nation of immigrants.
The curator, Canada Keck, once again challenged over 40 artists to look at selected paintings (this time from the permanent collection of Columbus Museum of Art) and reinterpret them as comic art. There were 56 pieces of art created for this exhibit, all inspired by the permanent collection of the Columbus Museum of Art. These fantastic, fun pieces include ones done by comics creators, fine artists, and youth of the Star House Foundation. The Wild Goose Creative Gallery exhibited these original works in September 2018, coinciding with the Cartoon Crossroads Columbus (CXC).
For the third Comics vs Art exhibit, Canada chose “Variations on a Theme” and allowed multiple artists to reinterpret fine art paintings as comic art. In selecting the paintings to be reinterpreted, Canada focused on American artists, particularly those with an Ohio connection and/or who are more representative of the variations among us. Canada endeavored to have a much greater diversity of artists, by race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation, and outsider status. Canada wanted to celebrate the amazing diversity we have because we are really all immigrants.
This event is supported by Ohio Arts Council, Greater Columbus Arts Council and The Columbus Foundation. We would not be able to do it without them!