Creating “to find out what I am thinking”
I approached my analyses as Joan Didion (1976): “I write [paint, draw, create] entirely to find out what I’m thinking, what I’m looking at, what I see and what it means” (p. 92). My research of Chicago’s public art was extensive. I used my photographs, taken on-site under different light, weather conditions and seasons, to sketch each work of art, concentrating on various details leading to my overall analyses of the pieces. I produced a series of acrylic paintings based upon the areas I studied.
The addendum feature my own photographs of the art analyzed in my project. Since I concentrated on how educators may utilize the democratic educational space created by Chicago’s public art rather than emphasizing its history, I included much of this type of information in the appendices. It lists artists, brief biographical summaries, and analyses (when available) included in Bach and Gray (1983). Additionally, I prepared a video containing excerpts of interviews as well as clips I took of many areas I researched. The body of my project was reserved for the story of my journey as well as analyses provided by those who shared our democratic educational space.