Mosaics 2 final project

Throughout this semester, I have learned so much. I have had my eyes opened up to many ideas I have never thought about before. The seven topics we learned about have made me learn to question things and think of things in new ways. The seven topics we learned about this semester are MLK: Letter from Birmingham Jail, Cosmology and Creation, Plato's Republic, Democracy and Communism, Humans and Nature, Gender, and Between the World and Me. I thought it would be a great idea for a final project to relate each topic back to a work of art and express how they relate. 

I feel that this painting really fits in with the unit on MLK and the Letter from Birmingham Jail. MLK Jr struggled a lot with the issue of inequality and racism towards African Americans. This was the purpose of his letter from jail. It was all about proving his argument against racism since the court system was so biased. This painting has a boa constrictor snake wrapped around an African American man. This snake is representing racism, showing the man is struggling against racism, just like MLK Jr struggled against racism.
This painting has been on of my favorites since I can remember. I remember growing up and learning about it in art classes. This painting is called The Birth of Venus (who is equivalent to Aphrodite) by Sandro Botticelli. Aphrodite is the goddess of love and beauty. This painting tells the story of how the goddess Aphrodite was born out of the sea. This painting makes me think of the cosmology and creation unit this semester. The ancient Greeks truly believed this is how one of their goddesses they pray to was born. The story behind this painting reminded me of the article we read called "Origins of the Universe", which explained how many other greek gods and goddesses came about. Learning about Darwin and Galileo was almost second nature to me in this unit because I am a biology major and we have been learning about Darwin and Galileo since middle school. Therefore, I thought it would be appropriate to represent this unit of creation and cosmology with a painting dealing with the ancient Greek views on creation of the world.
This painting called Seed of Revolution made me think of Plato's Republic unit. Plato's Republic was all about how to make a city be just and fair. If things are no longer just and fair, people will start rebelling and revolting, just like in this painting. In book one, Polemarchus said "But can you persuade us, if we refuse to listen to you?". This shows what happens when you can not persuade a group or city of people who refuse to listen to you, if they believe what you are preaching is unjust. People start rebelling and going against the "rulers". This all stems from the opposites of being just and fair.
This painting is called Marxism Will Give Health to the lll. The connection with Karl Marx's book Communist Manifesto is almost identical. Therefore, this painting fits in perfectly with the unit of democracy and communism. We all know what democracy is, since we live in it every day, so I decided to represent this unit with something we are all less familiar with: communism. Karl Marx had a good theory of "communism", where everyone would be identically equal and there would be no social classes. Sadly, this would never work, because someone will always need to rule the people. This painting shows Utopian belief that communism could cure her from all of the bad in life. They are using crutches to represent pain, and with the help of communism she can let go of the crutches. I noticed she is holding a red book (red being the color of communism), which maybe could represent her holding the Communist Manifesto.
This painting made me think about the human and nature unit. In the human and nature unit we read an article called "Going Wireless", which is about how technology is taking over our world of communication. This article stressed how people are losing the skills of face to face communication. Now days we are used to sending a text, call, or better yet a "face time". The art of face to face talking to someone is being forgotten. This painting reminded me of how people used to communicate and get together before technology took over. People are all talking to each other, using eye contact, and having a good time. It is scary how much our generation has gotten away from doing this because of how easy it is to talk to someone else without having to move or travel to see them. This gift of face to face communication is something crucial to society and should never be replaced or forgotten.
These two sculptures represent the comparison between Adam and Eve. Therefore, these sculptures made me think of the gender unit. In the article "Moon Phases", the author compares men and women comparing them to nature. She compares them by using common stereotypes of what is looked at as "manly" or as a "womanly" feature. These two sculptures are being compared against each other by their genders. Adam has a dog next to him, which is considered a masculine psych. Eve has a peacock next to her, which is considered an animal of beauty. This relates to the article because the sculptures have stereotypical gendered animals next to them representing Adam and Eve's genders.
This painting of slavery is a clear depiction of the unit Between the World and Me. In this book, the author Coates stresses to his son to never forget his past and where he's came from as an African American. Slavery and human trafficking is one of Coates' main points. He wants his son to never forget the horrible ways slaves were treated and how hard they were worked. This painting shows slaves on a coffee farm working in most likely awful heat and terrible working conditions. He wants his son to never forget those people, like in this painting, were his ancestors who struggled so much for racial equality and went through these hard times hoping that some day their children and grandchildren would not have to ever go through what they went through.
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