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Creating an Autoportrait: Corey Venable

Corey Venable is the IMA's junior graphic designer since October 2013.

Obscured beneath the simple words, numbers, shapes, and colors found in much of Robert Indiana’s work are essential memories and symbols of the artist’s life. Indiana’s visual vocabulary is encrypted with personal symbolism. This is particularly evident in his long series of Autoportraits.

To complement The Essential Robert Indiana, on view through May 4, the IMA invites visitors both on-site and online to Create Your Autoportrait using some of the same elements that Robert Indiana incorporates in to his. During the run of the exhibition, IMA staff members will be creating their own Autoportraits and blogging about it.

The second in this series features Corey Venable, junior graphic designer at the IMA since October 2013.

“… don’t stop until you get what you love. Work as hard as you can, imagine immensities, don’t compromise, and don’t waste time.”

— Debbie Millman, host of the Design Matters radio show

To me, this is essentially what this is all about.

I try to take things as they come and, five years ago, I moved to Indianapolis to pursue my college degree. I chose 3 because 13 is my lucky number. I was born on the 13th and consider it lucky even when most people consider it an unlucky number. Fort Wayne was my 260, my hometown. On July 19  (719) of this year, I will be married to the man who proposed to me in the doorway to HERRON School of Art and Design, the evening of my senior show. Herron was my home, my CHALLENGE, and my passion. I always think of what’s in front of me, and what challenge to tackle next. To choose to stay in Indy following graduation was hard, but it’s turned out to be one of the best thing’s I have done. Yellow makes me think of the sun, which is beautiful at sunset, and peach and blue are my favorite (and wedding) colors.

And that’s me, in an Autoportrait.

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