Raison d'etre

Function of Art

I believe that all Art is some form of self expression. The artist reveals a little bit of himself in each and every piece of art work that he creates. This piece of artwork is what I chose to represent Art as self expression. I don't believe that there is a better depiction of self expression than literally leaving your hand print on the world. This print was found in a cave in Australia painted on the wall with bees wax around 7000 BC. Fascinating that someones hand that lived all those years ago resembles my hand.
The Coffin of Taremetchenbastet to me represents the Art of Delight. Artwork that is delightful, is art that is pleasing to the person who is viewing the art. This Egyptian coffin was built during the time of Taremetchenbastet, who was the sister of Ptahirdis, during 664-610 BC. The culture of that time felt that burial decor was what brought you through the resurrection in the afterlife, so their burials were elaborate and often used gold and other precious metals along with intricate bead work and paintings. This particular coffin is engraved with many Egyptian inscriptions from the Book of Coming Forth. Also this coffin was originally designed for a man and Taremetchenbasteet was a female. I would be curious to know why she chose this casket.
The Buddha in dharmachakra mudra represents Art in Worship and is one of the oldest symbols in Buddhism. Works of art in worship are paintings, sculptures or statues that can be worshiped or assist in worshiping. The Sanscrit dharma word means "to hold, maintain, keep" and chakra means "wheel" or "circle"according to Wiki. The statue is made of bronze and you can notice the wheel in the background representing the circle of life. I find something very comforting and peaceful about this statue.
This piece by George Cruikshank is representative of Art with Commentary because of the political view that is represented by its artist. Art of commentary usually has an agenda either of political or religious nature. This painting was painted the day after Napoleon abdicated his power to his son. The artist depicts Napoleon being led off by chains and definitely depicts the artists negative opinions of Napoleon and his reign. The artist also shows his uniform being torn and tattered as well as him being ridiculed by the crowd. Shame and embarrassed is the main emotion that is depicted in this art work that is a hand-colored etching that was painted in Great Britain.
The Dallas Museum of Art houses this piece of art work that was designed for Department of Treasury in 1918. Its artist was Sidney H. Riesenberg and it was designed to convince Americans to buy U.S. Govt Bonds during World War I. This type of art would fall into the category of persuasive art. The soldier, carrying the American flag, was symbolic for patriotism. Essentially the Treasury was using Americans pride and patriotism to sell bonds in order to finance the war. The marketing industry uses this type of art for whatever product they are trying to sell. Posters, bulletins, blogs, websites, commercials and all sorts of advertisements can be classified as art that persuades.
Oklahoma Aiukli by Erin Cooper, Amanda Bradway, & Lauren Miller is probably my favorite piece of work in this gallery. I like the modern feel, the bright colors and the symbolism that is in this painting. I felt like this artwork could be classified as an art of commemoration because the three artists were trying to commemorate Oklahoma after the Oklahoma City bombings and the deep Native Indian heritage that runs deep in Oklahoma. The girl is a 12 year old Native American Indian who represents the residents of the great state of Oklahoma. The sky represents Oklahoma's beautiful sunsets for which they are famous for. The butterfly in the girls hair stands for metamorphosis that Oklahoma City had undergone since the bombings. The dove represents the peace that has occurred and been restored since those horrible bombings.
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