J.M. Culver’s figurative artwork is influenced by growing up with a grandfather who had schizophrenia. She states that he wanted to be perceived as a “real human being” and not as a “symbol of anxiety.” Write about ways in which our society marginalizes others. How might we move toward becoming a more compassionate and inclusive society? Also, how would you describe the physicality of her work?

Are there people from your past who influenced you in a significant way that you would like to explore? What materials, colors (or lack of) and symbols would you use to represent your ideas? What format would you use?