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Carling Jackson

Humanity Art
BA World History
UBC Teacher Education - ART Fall 2015

Carling Jackson is a self-taught urban artist from White Rock, BC. She received a full soccer scholarship to the University of Louisiana in 2005 where she studied fashion design and world history. While in the southern United States Carling became the committee head of programs and publicity for the University of Louisiana Chapter of the NAACP. She did a year of intense non-profit and community enrichment work including: multiple talks women’s empowerment and self-worth, was the keynote speaker at a schools first ever allowed black history month event, voters rights campaigns for the Obama election, humanitarian work throughout Louisiana, and much more. She transferred in 2009 to a Historically Black College – Southern University. There, she was immersed in a culture entirely foreign to her previous experiences in a school full of rich history and tradition. Living in the southern US hugely influenced her art. She began painting in her spare time taking on a more urban approach. Upon returning to Vancouver in 2011 she began teaching art at Traditional Learning Academy and started to sell her work. Her goal is to use art to effect change on a global scale, for all of Humanity. “My goal is to make you feel what words cannot describe by bringing to life emotion, passion, love, pain, and beauty through art. My art is also used as an instrument for change giving those a voice who can only whisper… It is intended to invoke a deep feeling bent on change – whether it be…changing oneself, changing the world, or helping people in general. It is art for the sake and betterment of HUMANITY.” In 2012, to gain expertise and earn a credential that would allow her to teach in public schools, Carling enrolled in UFV visual arts classes. In assigned projects, she would paint what inspired her: humanitarian work, globalization, vulnerable people, and human suffering. In April 2014, she traveled to Brazil as an intern to work at the Street Child World Cup using her art as a voice for children whose existence is oft-ignored. In March 2015 she participated in the Embracing our Differences exhibition in Sarasota Florida. Her art focused on segregation, discrimination and inequalities omnipresent in the United States. Her work was rendered into a billboard and shown on the coast of Florida.

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