Artist of the Week – Ana Mendieta

The Cuban American artist, Ana Mendieta is a sculptor and performance artist. She has done a lot of artwork involved with earth and nature. Her work focused on themes such as death, life and feminism. Her focus on nature brings up the connections between the spirituality of earth and the purity of the human body. It seems clear that she values those thins greatly when we see her art work. Her work involves different aspects of the earth such as mud and grass. Her canvas is mostly her own body.

Even though, Mendieta creates art work that tends to be considered as creepy, she brings up a lot of feminist and violence themes which have created a lot of questions and made people really think about these topics.

Her feminism points can be seen in this series where she put facial hair on herself. That is one of the many different away she had brought feminism and women’s roles to topic of discussion. She has done many more outrageous and noteworthy forms of art in order to bring that topic to people’s attention.

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Another example, is part of her big series Siluetas. In this art work she uses her body as the canvas and incorporates flowers and the setting as part of nature. To me the flowers signify life with their sprouting. Not only life but the connection nature’s life has with humans. Another aspect of this art work is that her setting is what seems as a grave so she connects death with life.

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Plaster Casting

Week 2 in Art 110, out project was to experiment with a new activity; plaster casting. I have never done plaster casting before so it was a cool new experience.

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At first I was afraid that it might be difficult to make the cast but it turned out to be easier than I expected it to be! Since I had never done this before I was glad that I went to the beach with my classmates and my professor so they could help and instruct me to know what to do. Here are a few pictures of me in the process of making my hand from plaster.

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I had to dig a hole in order to put my hand in deep enough. Then we made sure to put enough water around the hand to ensure the hole stays intact. Then, I poured the plaster in the hole and waited for about 30 minutes before taking the plaster out of the sand.

I had a great time doing this project and I would love to do it again and be able to maybe even make different things besides a hand or a foot.

Artist of the Week – Allan Kaprow

Throughout his career, Allan Kaprow redefined what he believed to be art. He pushed beyond the usual and inspired a different type of thinking. He loved to incorporate objects you would not consider to be art and create something that provokes thoughts, ideas and inspiration. Kaprow used objects from our daily lives and invented something spectacular.

His slow start into the art world is arguably what pushed him to think outside the box, so to say. He began rearranging paintings and which sparked an interest. After he began to get more attention, he decided to move away from the huge art scene in New York. Kaprow began creating what he called, “happenings.” According to him, a happening was meant to be something fun such as a game.

From observing his work, it seems to me that Kaprow did not just want to have people see his art; he wanted people to participate in it. Doing so encouraged the participants to take away different ideas as opposed to the artist feeding them his own ideas. Furthermore, since his “happenings” were meant to put attention on small events, it seems way more powerful that he allowed other people to get involved in the action to appreciate it because it is one thing to see an artist do weird activities and a whole different thing to see average people like yourself get involved in these events. To him, the end result was not as important as the journey the participants had to go though to appreciate whatever the small task happened to be.

Kaprow believed that his art and therefore message to take away from it is that we are meant to be in the now. You can see examples of such happenings as the “fluids” one where people were stacking ice blocks. At the end of the event, the ice melted and therefore the only way of remembering the experience is of really being present while doing it. This shows us how important it is to focus on what is happening at the moment.

Another important point, Kaprow tried to bring up in his “happenings” is to question that time’s sociopolitical ideas and challenge people to think deeply about what is going on around them. An example is his “household” happening where women were to lick a car that has jam on it. In my opinion this “happening “ is meant to question women’s role in society at that time. It is a very creative and provocative way of demonstrating his point of view.

Welcome!

My name is Annie. I am a Business Marketing major. I am looking to go into Brand Management. I have completed a few internships so far and am starting another intern position in Field Marketing over the summer. Besides my drive to discover a career I love and can excel in I love to explore places surrounding me. I have travelled to Europe as well as around the area. I also love to express myself through dance. Although, I no longer take classes or perform, I love to dance for fun any chance I get.