Thank you very much for visiting this collection of work, titled
"Selections from On Becoming A Person by Carl R. Rogers"
a quote bouquet by Justin C.M. Brown
I would like to begin by sharing a short video clip of the author.
I believe that his attitude and demeanor come across in a way
that immediately demonstrates the significance of his thinking
(and by extension, the significance of this project).
Welcome to my September series, "Selections from On Becoming a Person by Carl R. Rogers", a quote bouquet by Justin C.M. Brown, september twentytwentythree
A quote bouquet is a concept I developed individually and honestly; after my personal coining of the term, I discovered alternate/similar applications around the internet.
It is a selection of quotes, made beautiful through aesthetic arrangement. It is a subjective product of the relationship between the scholarship and the artist.
It is part collage, part research, and (importantly) part citation. A quote bouquet is a medley of quotes from a single work (though it can be applied to a single topic). I think of it as a florist composing a bouquet from a much larger assortment of flowers. It is something which is individually beautiful, but thematically coherent in a way which benefits the work overall.
The citations are essential to provide context and credit because the composition of the image always comes second to the writing and publishing of the idea within.
A quote bouquet without citation is plagiarism.
[photo credit: Andrea Gambino]
(from the back of On Becoming A Person)
"The founder of the humanistic psychology movement,
Carl Rogers revolutionized psychotherapy with his concept of client-centered therapy. His influence has spanned decades, but his work has become so much a part of mainstream psychology that its ingenious nature has in many ways been forgotten. This landmark book, reissued on the centennial of Carl Rogers's birth, is a classic in its field and a must-read for anyone interested in clinical psychology or personal growth." (Mariner Books, 1995)
In no uncertain terms, this book changed my life. It changed how I see myself, and it changed how I interact with others. It changed how I want things and how I do things. I see this book's influence in my life as overwhelmingly positive, and this art series is intended to share the opportunity to benefit from this book as widely as possible.
My ideal outcome for this series is that it finds people who are experiencing a loss of connection with themselves and that it would motivate them to explore this book further.
I originally bought a copy of this book after reading a brief biography on Rogers and learning about his idea of a "fully functioning person". I read it cover to cover, and on my first read, I also highlighted passages which I found insightful, brilliant, or needing deeper consideration. When planning this series, I originally wanted to compile what I considered to be the MOST IMPORTANT ideas in this book. This would have taken me weeks. The more I looked through my highlighted sections, I found that I ascribed great value to literally all of my noted passages, and choosing the "best" out of hundreds of quotes would be an enormous labor; so, a random selection would have to do. So I sat down, and flipped to random pages, and took a photo of whatever highlighted section I came across.
In my coursework as a Digital Humanities minor at UCLA, I am very interested in the intersection of digital art, literature, and philosophy. I wanted to create something which was academically coherent, but aesthetically unique; art which imitated the mannerisms of scholarship. This explains the Times New Roman font, as well as the parenthetical and footnote citations. But I needed an element of physical creation, and so I developed a process of collaging printed text onto a plain background for later digital removal. The hand-cut collage was my way of physically involving myself with the text.
IT WAS A LOT MORE WORK THAN I EXPECTED.
It is my hope that this series provides a flexible template for other artist-scholars to share important texts through a visual form which is more readily accessible and appealing to those outside of academic circles.
Feel free to ask any questions about the "quote bouquet" template using the Contact button on the bottom right of the page.
[photo credit: Andrea Gambino]