learning goal: what literary motifs in The Kite Runner adapt themselves most forcefully to a visual motif in your original Persian-rug design?


By the end of this class, submit the complete assignment either for the carpet card or the KR paragraph.  The other assignment, if necessary, you may submit sometime before the next class on Th/F Feb 22/23. (Remember that submitting the carpet-card assignment means handing me the card and submitting the artist’s statement to TURNITIN.

carpet cards: type artist’s statement under these terms–100 words, 12 pt. font, 1.8″ margins on both sides; submit text to TURNITIN; this may mean pruning the existing text of your artist’s statement; I recommend printing and taping the new text to back of your rug; below you will find the current text of my artist’s statement*.

KR paragraphs:  if you are working on “Paragraph 2 (student art),” feel free to leave class in order to view the art piece in person across from the Campus Store entrance; finally, remember to use the complete template with pledge-header and acknowledgment-footer, whether or not you have someone/some source to acknowledge

KR booklets: turn them in by the end of class (you may want to keep them during class, as reference for the other projects)



The main visual motif represents companionship.  The interlocking designs symbolize Amir and Hassan’s relationship.  Although largely through Amir’s immaturity the companionship suffers harm, that injury is not irredeemable for Amir.  Another prominent motif is the three concentric circles that represent the idea of gaining perspective by walking in someone else’s shoes.  Gradually, Amir understands Hassan’s painful experiences.  Most readers see this pain before Amir, making them more empathetic as people themselves. The other major motif, a half-moon arc, represents the idea of a bridge.  This idea combines the other two by suggesting a way to make our companionships and relationships more empathetic—in other words, by building bridges instead of walls.                                         Bill Brown 20 Feb 2018