Diving into the world of art

I really like this piece due to the cultural implications that go along with it. The culture of Mexico reveres the life after this. The paint on the girl's face is typical of Dia de los Meurtos (day of the dead), during which everyone celebrates the lives of loved ones that have passed on. They don face paint, and prepare the foods most enjoyed by the deceased. It really is a contrast to how our culture reacts to death.
This piece appeals to me due to the way that it portrays the tiger. He is in his own landscape. Not another soul to be seen, as though the mountain is his dominion. He is relaxed, and in control of his own world. Additionally, the color scheme is fantastic. It emphasizes a single focal point, though said point is not front and center, it is highlighted by being the work's only feature containing color.
I enjoy this piece as I am half Filipino, and our culture embraces General MacArthur as the man who set our nation free from the Japanese threat. My grandparents were subjected to Japanese imprisonment during the war, and American heroes such as MacArthur and his men helped my family, and an entire nation retain their freedom and culture.
This piece speaks to me, as it is mundane. You have to wonder why the artist chose to depict such a normal event. Is it to convey a message? Or to perhaps illustrate that there is purpose worth mentioning behind all moments. Many people would just pass by this piece without incident, perhaps that was the intent of the artist. I also like the simplicity in the form of the painting. Detail was cast aside, and mind is meant to recognize figures based on familiarity with the form.
At first glance, I found nothing of interest in this painting. Once I clicked away, however, I felt the need to go back. Once I read the title I tried imagining the artist's thoughts. I found myself picking apart the colors. The lack of organization and combination of colors does well to illustrate how complex the colors that we see are. Something as simple as the bark of a tree, we see as brown. yet this piece depicts the bark of a tree to be an amalgamation of many colors. To me, what is most interesting is how the red blends in, and it is easy to glance over without really paying attention.
This piece appeals to me as it deviates from the typical Japanese period art. Often times, Japanese artists focus on the tangibles of their art (i.e. clothes or ornaments), and rely on a simplistic approach to the person. This piece is just the opposite. Though the artist did still put great detail into the clothes and basket that is on top of the person's head, he put great detail into rendering a believable scenario with the lady as the prime focus. Save the sapling that is also present, the artist added nothing that would draw attention from the character as portrayed. Also, the task being accomplished by the lady in the piece is of no great deal. She is doing a chore. Perhaps the purpose of the piece is to convey the importance of focus on a task regardless of how menial it may seem.
This is a Native American pottery figure. I see a woman holding a baby with two other children clinging to her. I feel like this is a cultural piece showing the role of women in the community during that period. I like this because the thought of who made it. Was it an artisan trying the capture the integral role of women in a community? Or was it a perhaps a woman making a sort of self-sculpture of what she believed her role is?
The title of this piece captured me. This is a permanent art piece on the coast of Australia, and to me it depicts thousands of pieces of plastic creeping their way to the ocean. Overconsumption is a fitting title, as this surge of plastic and non-biodegradable waste is a serious problem. The artist clearly had a message to tell the viewers. Additionally, the way the plastic seems to crawl or flow seems organic. As though our impact on the planet has taken a life of its own, and is now beyond our control.
I like this painting due to the pose that the subject has taken. To me, it does not seem artificial. I compared the painting to a candid photo that one might expect to have taken at a party. A photo where the photographer has snuck up on his subject and, at the last minute, is caught. The pose seems natural, and I haven't seen such an approach to royal portraits before.
This one is one of my favorites. The figures are arranged in the expected manner for a family portrait. They are, however, bound and covered with what can only be explained as furniture covers. I believe the piece holds a statement as to the intent and fallacies of family portraits. Everyone tries to depict themselves as the quintessential group, expected of a functional family. Another interesting aspect of this piece is how they are perched on a slim board, suspended by rope above an ocean. To me, this holds two meanings: It shows how they are putting themselves on display without any context to reality; One small slip and perfection turns into a disaster!
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