Spirituality and activism in the art of Robert Campbell
Pearson, Judith Huacuja
Camfield, William A.
Master of Arts
As an artist, physician and social activist, Robert Campbell combined artistic, spiritual, medical and humanitarian work. Through art Campbell engaged his audiences in issues of poverty and injustice, and stimulated social activism in others. This thesis articulates the connections between Campbell's differing media and identifies his strategies for fusing art with social activism. The thesis documents paintings through which Campbell attempted to link personal reflection and meditation to an awareness of others; sculptures that incorporate the viewer's symbolic actions with an expanded consciousness; and installations that explicitly associate compassionate identification with others to social activism. Campbell's artistic and social practice, influenced by Liberation theology of Latin America, sought to reconcile the personal with the social through a process of consciousness-raising. This process included meditations, educational actions and community involvement, and is identified as a key component to the activism and spirituality in the art of Robert Campbell.
Biographies; Art history