LYNDA BARRY: DRAWN TOGETHER - Race, Class and the Universal Language of Creativity
All over the world, people wish they could draw, sing, dance, sculpt, write, and act, long after they’ve given up on being able to do these things in ‘real’ life. It’s something we all have in common. Why does this longing persist? There is something common to everything we have come to call ‘the arts’. What is it?
It’s something that feels alive to us in the same way our toys once felt alive. It’s something that has transformational properties, something we are capable of really loving, and it’s contained and transported from one person to the other by something that is not alive- a book, a song, a painting, a story, a dance—anything we call an ‘art form’. It has been around for human beings for as long as we have had hands and I believe it is the language that language itself is based on.
I see creativity as a vital, fundamental force capable of conveying images across time and space with the power to address all human concerns.
This talk is about our innate ability to use images to stand and understand each other and to communicate our deepest experiences to one another across class and cultural boundaries when explanation, argumentative reasoning, logic and law have failed us.
About Lynda Barry
Lynda Barry has worked as a painter, cartoonist, writer, illustrator, playwright, editor, commentator and teacher and found they are very much alike. The New York Times has described Barry as "among this country’s greatest conjoiners of words and images, known for plumbing all kinds of touchy subjects in cartoons, comic strips and novels, both graphic and illustrated."
She earned a degree from Evergreen State College during its early experimental period (1974-78), studying with painter and writing teacher Marilyn Frasca. Frasca’s questions about the nature of images and the role they play in day-to-day living have guided Barry’s work ever since.