Thursday, May 26, 2011

Post-Modernist Strategies!!!

Just a quick post today of something interesting I found. One of my favorite paintings, The Swing, by Jean-Honore Fragonard has been re-worked into a installation by an artist named Yinka Shonibare. He turned this painting into a piece that seems to criticize the excessive luxury that the original implies.

Last semester I wrote a paper on which focused on stategies of artmaking in the postmodern art world. Using old works of art to create something new is one way of doing this. This is illustrated perfectly here, if only I had found this a month ago!

Jean-Honore Fragonard, The Swing (1766)

Yinka Shonibare, The Swing (after Fragonard) (2001)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Post-semester nap week!

Just finished up the semester on Thursday. Finally! Now I can focus on my own projects for the rest of the summer, including some things I've been itching to start.

One of my final projects ended up turning out better than I expected. We had to do a final project in my Psychology of Women class that challenged gender stereotypes. Cooking, and being "in the kitchen" is stereotypically a woman's job. But, that's not the case anymore. I know plenty of men who love to cook, and do it on a regular basis.

When it comes to kitchen items or items involving food, if there is a person pictured - it is usually a woman. These plates offer an alternative to that, honoring the men who love to be in the kitchen!

Check out the entire series over at my etsy shop!