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I was drawn to a book because of the artists beautiful work, but when I began to read about the artist’s life it got me thinking about what art can do. The artist I was reading about was William Morris, he lived from 1834 – 1896 in
. He was a very prolific artist; he made furniture, designed the most stunning wall paper, fabric and painted. England
Towards the end of his life he began to use his art towards a commitment to change society. Capitalism was in full swing, with the wealthy industrialists explicating the poor working classes, machines where taking over everything, and often the result was suffering for those on whose backs the growth was being made. Sound familiar?
It’s wonderful to make pretty art, cute little pictures that make us feel all fuzzy and warm inside, but we live in a world that needs us to be critical, to look at what is happening around us. I want my children to have a reasonable world to live in, we don’t have the privilege of silence on certain matters, we have to speak up, and as artists we can use our art to speak up for us.
she decided to be brave and think about the future