In Collaboration with MoMA
Recently, the Museum of Modern Art reached out with a request to commission an illustration for their digital platform’s work to engage conversations on art and mental health. (Yes, The MoMA! I’m still recovering from the thrill!)
In response to their prompt to consider how viewing art can be an opportunity to discover more of our emotional selves, I created a panel of 51 emotion-figures. In this poster-sized panel, each character represents an emotion that someone might feel in response to viewing art in a museum, gallery, or even online. The resulting piece is titled Caution: Art May Cause You to Feel. The full image can be seen on MoMA Magazine.
Caution: Art May Cause you to Feel
In this illustration, I explore the diverse emotional experiences that often come with the experience of viewing art.
Truthfully, I’m a little more comfortable tucking my head and trudging along with my daily work than I am tooting my own horn, but there’s a time and place for noting how far we’ve come, and I know that for me, this is one of those times.
This collaboration offered the rare chance to flex my creative writing muscles in addition to my illustration skills. In the written article, I reflect on how a 5th-grade art museum visit left me stunned by the power of art to evoke emotion, and how I learned to engage in viewing art as an experience not totally dissimilar to the art of listening to stories.
Get a Print of this Art
While MoMA has permission to use this art exclusively for a season, the CAUTION: Art May Make You Feel feelings poster will be available as a PDF download and poster-sized print later this year.