Monterey Peninsula Art Foundation
Edward M. Corpus
I create art, and I write about creating art and the creative process that’s the birthright of all. I write about the patriarchal dominance culture that kills creative process, and what I think we should do about it.
Popular culture often alienates us from true intimacy with our living environment and each other, divides us by ethnicity, gender, age and economic status. In these troubled times, is it possible to make art that has social conscience, without being preachy or didactic? That moves emotions without manipulation? Informs without being propagandistic? Maybe. I’ll give it a shot.
I want to make art to outrage, motivate or inspire, evoke hilarity or sadness. Perhaps badly paraphrasing Friedrich Schiller, you subvert social culture through its entertainment. Perhaps, I can even entertain you.
The game is rigged, and it stays rigged through popular culture. I aim to use art and writing to beat it. I won’t always get it right, but I’m learning.
I’m a visual artist and writer. Using traditional and digital media, I aim to create humanist, spiritual, socially aware and culturally subversive art. I invite you to view a range of my artwork at emcanimator.com and sign up for an outrageous newsletter. I’ve lately been exploring the addition of comic sequential art to my repertoire.
Born male, of Asian ethnicity eight years after the end of World War II, living through and participating in some of the excesses of six decades in America – these are experiences that color my world outlook and creative expression.
I’ve been conscious of myself as an artist since I was three years old. Adversity could have robbed me of that passion, had it not been for the intervention of efficient witnesses -- advocates for my creative humanity.
Through art, writing, volunteering and quiet activism, I intend to be an efficient witness for all peoples.
Some of my images are horrendous, some beautiful — metaphors of trauma and transcendence, failure and redemption, loss and recovery. I draw my subject matter from human behavior ranging from the grotesque to the beautiful to the ridiculous. Often life is not a laughing matter; sometimes love and laughter is the best and only answers.