Adversity and Vernacular Artistry

Daniel Wojcik (University of Oregon)

This presentation examines the ways in which individuals have confronted adversity, oppression, displacement, and trauma through the creative process. For some, verbalizing traumatic events and the emotions evoked is difficult or impossible, but through the materialization of memory and metaphor in art, experiences may be represented that are otherwise too painful to convey in words. In some instances, the expression of cultural roots and heritage are crucial components in addressing trauma and life crises. In this context, vernacular art making may not only be personally transformative but also respond to societal crises and offer healing to a broader community.

Part of 06-13 Adversity, Advocacy, and the Politics of Vernacular Artistic Expression, Friday, November 03, 2:30 pm–4:30 pm