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Jacqueline Maldonado (mjmstudio)

Viva El Arte!

by Jacqueline Maldonado

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Available in 11 and 15 ounce sizes, our premium ceramic coffee mugs feature wrap-around art and large handles for easy gripping. Dishwasher and microwave safe, these cool coffee mugs will be your new favorite way to consume hot or cold beverages.

ABOUT THE ART

US AND THEM
Digital collage of an original watercolor painting.
This piece reflects my perspective of the current status of the arts in our society. The significance and value of the arts in our culture, education, history, progress and ultimate legacy is being undermined by those who view the world in black and white.




Brisco commented on November 13, 2011 12:57pm
love the 3D effect - especially on the iphone case and skins.
Maʁϟ commented on November 13, 2011 12:58pm
your patterns are so cool love love
Jacqueline Maldonado commented on November 13, 2011 1:08pm
Thanks, Brisco & Dewdr0p! :)
Geoffrey Agrons commented on November 13, 2011 1:13pm
A fitting contribution to "Us and Them", accompanied by a timely narrative. Good luck! I hope to see this piece represented in the 'zine.
Heather Goodwind commented on November 13, 2011 1:37pm
This one is particularly good on the devices, the color bit looks like a "chip" or a window into the black and white part - it say's: come inside!
Jacqueline Maldonado commented on November 13, 2011 1:47pm
Thank you, Geoffrey! I hope so too :)
You know, as an artist, I've always known how difficult it is to live and prosper in a society that undervalues the arts. But it wasn't until I started to get involved in the public education system that I realized just how degraded the arts have become. With all of this economic bs happening, "they" have swept the arts under the rug and minimized the arts' potential to invigorate our economy. After all, where does innovation come from? Creative thinking, that's where. Our kids are learning rote memorization and little more. Where will the next industry leaders and out of the box thinkers come from? The degradation of the arts has reached tragic proportions. (Ok. I'll step down from my soap box now)
Jacqueline Maldonado commented on November 13, 2011 1:51pm
Thanks, Heather! Yes, the arts are where it's at :) We have the 'inside' scoop on the world and its workings.
Calvin Wu commented on November 13, 2011 5:20pm
fascinated !
Jacqueline Maldonado commented on November 13, 2011 5:52pm
Thanks, Calvin!
angela deal meanix commented on November 13, 2011 6:03pm
I love it Jacqueline!!! Such a fantastic interpretation | It really FEELS like Us and Them!
Lucas Scialabba :: Palitosci commented on November 13, 2011 6:04pm
Beautiful!!
Jacqueline Maldonado commented on November 13, 2011 6:32pm
Thank you Angela! I could've created this concept with a couple of my pieces. I hope I chose the right one and that the curators agree with you!
Jacqueline Maldonado commented on November 13, 2011 6:32pm
Thank you Lucas!
angela deal meanix commented on November 13, 2011 7:06pm
I see what you mean ... I could see a swirling colorful piece in there separating Us and Them too ... showing the fluid creativity against the boxed in thinking in b and w, but this makes us more the same, but different. Perhaps do more than 1 entry?~ But I am not suggesting this isn't great ... I already said that:) I think it's upsetting too btw ... how creative thinking and expression get squelched ... emotional intelligence is key ~I think creating certainly nourishes that ...
Laura Ruth commented on November 13, 2011 7:17pm
How awesome is this! Great work, Jacqueline!
Jacqueline Maldonado commented on November 13, 2011 7:34pm
Angela - I did think of your suggestion about the contrast between 'us' creatives and 'them' non-creatives. But I think you made a good point about us all being the same, only the art brings color into the same otherwise black and white world. You are also so right about emotional intelligence - the arts really connect us all because emotions are human and expression of the human condition crosses cultures and history.
I wasn't sure if we could submit more than one piece to the zine?
Jacqueline Maldonado commented on November 13, 2011 7:35pm
Thank you Laura! Appreciate your compliments!!
angela deal meanix commented on November 14, 2011 7:12am
Yes, I see what you mean ... perhaps just one submission ... in the past they have allowed more than one, but it sounds specific this time~ I think yours is really great :)
Alex.Raveland...robot.design.d… commented on November 14, 2011 8:42am
Lovely... very nice use of shadows... besides the fact that the patterns looks AWESOME!
Efi Tolia commented on November 14, 2011 10:18am
Jacqueline, this looks great! I agree with what you're saying about the degradation of the arts. There are a few places on earth, where they get promoted. Luckily, art is a personal matter-need to each person and does not depend on educative factors as much as language, etc. Another funny thing is, that when things get really tough in social-political matters, art flourishes! In a few words, it will always find it's way, as long as human emotions exist.
Jacqueline Maldonado commented on November 14, 2011 12:55pm
Thanks Alex & Efi! Efi - I really love your positive take on the arts! It's good for me to hear, and you are right about art flourishing in times of distress. And you are also right, as long as human emotions exist, people will create. This is very reassuring. I guess what really bothers me is that kids aren't getting exposure or practice in the arts at a young age anymore. The "No Child Left Behind Act" has done a great injustice to education in this country. Arts are no longer integral with a well rounded education. After all, a well educated person must, by definition, be educated in the arts as well. Educators are now under so much pressure to prove their worth merely through test scores that they are reduced to 'teaching to the test'. And because these tests focus on Math, Science, English, History, the arts are seen as extra-cirricular and unnecessary. However, ressearch has shown that there is a direct correlation between higher tests scores and exposure and practice in all of the arts; the more exposure/practice, the higher the scores.
Yes, art is personal for the artists (and thank god for all of you/us!) and we don't necessarily need external impetus. But as a society, I believe the arts need to be given a more substantial role and woven into our education system.
Jacqueline Maldonado commented on November 14, 2011 1:14pm
So sorry if I rambled... Obviously I feel passionate about this subject!
Stevi Sayler commented on November 21, 2011 8:01pm
absolutely stunning, I love this
Jacqueline Maldonado commented on November 21, 2011 8:12pm
Thank you Stevi!
Deepti Munshaw commented on November 21, 2011 8:13pm
oh god, Jacqueline! I distinctly remember promoting & commenting on this post! What happened to it??!! :( But anyways, I love this artwork so much & the whole thought process behind it! I completely agree with you on educating children about art... & it's that it's never been given well-deserved importance as something essential for personal growth & self expression. It's still accepted more as a 'Hobby' than as 'Career'.
Eleigh Koonce commented on November 22, 2011 4:32am
GrEaT wOrK!
Jacqueline Maldonado commented on November 22, 2011 7:57am
Thank you Eleigh!! That's ok, Deepti - I think there were some issues with S6 activity feed & promotions for a few days there.
Thank you for your comment! And I still struggle to convince people that you can actually have a career in art! There was a recent article in the Huffington Post regarding the higher income & educational status of artists in the US. Very interesting read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10...b=facebook
Deepti Munshaw commented on November 22, 2011 10:32am
Thanks for the link, Jacqueline! I'll definitely read it! :) & the struggle it is for sure....
kolya korzh commented on January 7, 2012 6:50am
wow, love it1
Jacqueline Maldonado commented on January 7, 2012 11:26am
Thank you Kolya!!
Tyler Spangler commented on February 13, 2014 4:58pm
Great work
Tyler Spangler commented on February 15, 2014 7:55pm
Nice!
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