How as Living Things, We Need Others to Survive

I chose this as my theme because I think as individual human beings, animals, even in landscapes, we need others. I enjoy this theme because quite honestly, I always think about how better off I would be if I could just be on my own all of the time, but in all reality, that is not true at all. We need each other to keep us sane and to keep us moving as individuals, groups and finally, as a nation. I have chosen pieces of art from all different time periods but they all relate to my theme and most importantly to each other. 

This image, from the title, is a group of dolphins. As a marine lover, I tend to focus my attention beyond the water. Dolphins naturally travel in pods from area to area. This piece represents my theme very well because it shows that not only humans are the ones who need others to survive. This also relates to the other images because it is at least two of the main objective. In this piece the author represents the dolphins in a blurred group, which is what the naked eye sees before seeing the dolphins as individual animals.
This piece of work shows two people sharing a kiss. We could obviously go ahead and say that these two people need each other romantically, but they need each other for communication, strength and support as well. A relationship is about opening up who you are and the other accepting you for you. This relates to the other works of art because it represents a couple that needs each other more than in a romantic sense. Munch represents a kiss by blurring the faces together, which draws our focus to that point in the piece.
Again, I have chosen a piece that features animals. I have done this because this is a very common example of why animals depend on other animals for certain reasons. Have you ever seen a goose traveling by itself? I always see them in groups, flying to areas that have a warmer climate, for the winter. Geese represent my theme because they depend on each other not only for food and warmth when sitting still, but for direction. If one goose were to travel by itself, I believe it be more efficient to work as a group. The author conveys a representational and naturalistic event that is currently happening where we are, minus the beaches. The geese are traveling south for the winter. This piece shows something that reoccurs every year and how a certain animal lives their lives. YOUTUBE VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YKM1Uq7LPU
This bond really strikes me as one of the major resemblances of my theme. A mother-child relationship is essential for life. This piece plays a personal role in my life because if I did not have my mom, I would seriously lose my mind. As a child, you depend on your mother to feed you, bathe you, and overall care for you. although this piece plays a stronger roles than the others, it is the exact same story.
In this piece, the author illustrates a family attending a funeral. This piece fits under my theme because it shows how we need others to get us through tough times. Funerals are a prime example of how we may need our friends and family members to help us get through the days, weeks, months and years of grieving. I have recently lost my grandfather and I cannot express how much I needed others to cheer me up and keep my mind off of my loss. I think the author represents a very realistic situation that as humans, we all go through at some point. In this piece, Henningsen shows the repetition of the groups of people. In the first family there is four individuals and in the second group there are two individuals. The repetition of groups of people goes to show how we need other in times of grief. Also in this piece, the darker colors represent the loss of someone important but there is also the brighter colors that make the darker colors pop out to our eye more. The whites could represent the purity of life and the celebration of the life that this late human has experienced.
Although this piece is a completely different picture, a landscape rather than a groups of animals or people, it still supports the theme of needing others to survive. As we all know, water helps plants grow and soil plays a large role in growth as well. It is essential that the plants have the soil for nutrients and that the soil and plants have the sunlight to be able to photosynthesize. These processes in the plants' lives keep them alive. The soil and sunlight represents what is being need, as shown in all of the other photos; what we need to survive. At the end of the day, you look at this piece and see a landscape. You do not see the grass by itself, the sky by itself or the trees by themselves, you see how all of these pieces of the subject matter relate to one another and help portray the message of the piece.
This image shows a cabbage seller working alone. As it seems he is alone, he is not. He is depending on this cabbage to make him money for things such as, feeding his family, buying new goods and making more cabbage to keep a profit boiling. In 1936, it was about the end of the great depression, in which American men worked in the fields all day to support their families. He is not the only one who is depending on something or someone in this picture. This man could be working for a farmer whom depends on his workers to sell the vegetables to keep the cash coming so that his farm could function. This differs from the other pictures because it only shows one individual but when you dive into the context of the image, it tells a greater story than what is portrayed.
This piece I am using as my contrast piece because it shows the nation, the United States, as one. Although you could argue that the country is made up of a ton of people, I am telling you we come together as one to support the government, population and other huge events that happen in our everyday lives. Whereas in the other images although they have more than one of something, they do not make up a whole. This supports my theme because as individuals, we make up a whole nation that acts as one (most of the time.)
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