Monday, 6 December 2010

Contextual Studies - Conceptualising my own work

Assessment Task 2: Conceptualising your own work
Liz Bradshaw
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This piece is influenced by the social part of life. It aimed at the common way of thinking which many people have, that has to do with the certain way people dress or act. It also has a form of confessing the person’s inner feelings. The viewer may find it shocking because we don’t expect the person to hold such a view by the way he dresses. It’s same when we look at models in magazines but we never compare our emotional troubles with them. The truth which the artist comes to is, everyone has problems, and it’s a matter of accepting them in public, without stereotyping them.

The artist is changing the point of view of the typical stereotypes that have been shown in society. The message shows that a man wearing a business suit may not be doing as well as it may seem. The idea that a rich man is better off or may not have the same problems as a poor person is what is tackled. She manages to convince the viewer that there is a business man confessing his inner feelings. She also plays with the background and the environment, as the picture is set in a ugly looking alley way which is the complete opposite of what you would expect a man in a suit would be in.

If this piece was a painting, it wouldn’t seem to be realistic at all and would have a different feeling towards the overall piece. The fact it’s a picture shows that it’s more realistic than what a person may have imagined through a drawing/sketch or any other sort of media, which doesn’t capture reality. Also the picture itself says enough if the person was not holding a board. The idea of a person of that status being in an alley way makes us think a bit longer , as it’s something different than we are used to. The board used to convey his feelings adds to the picture and the message that she is trying to get across.

I’m really interested in the aspect of it being an emotional piece. The fact that the man is holding a sign that shows what he possibly feels. Also the idea of confessing themselves by using a sign, took my interest. The signs and texts she used through a photography form was also something that was a really interesting way of putting a point across, also to have a picture have the inner thoughts of a person on someone that is normally stereotyped, was unique to me.

This is the piece of artwork I did that influenced my idea. I used the idea giving my view on the emotive statement on life and changing the idea by not being able to see the person who’s holding the sign, which adds a form of mystery to the photograph and questions the viewer on what they can see. The background is clearer and clean, which was taken indoors of that person’s house. The artist influenced my idea by the idea of confession, aiming things towards life and sociality. Also I made my picture landscape whereas the artist’s picture was portrait as I did not want to show the face of the person inside my picture.

Gillian Wearing

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