Frida Kahlo is an artist from Mexico, best known for her self portraits. I am especially looking at her paintings, ‘The Broken Column 1944’ and ‘The Two Fridas, 1939’. I want to look at the body as part of the Outside Inside project.
The Broken Column shows Kahlo after she had to have spinal surgery due to an accident when she was young.
We can see into the body but also see the external body.
‘The Two Fridas’ explores the same way of showing the body internally. The two Frida’s show two personalities. The one on the left is the original Frida. Here, Kahlo has a broken heart, she is holding hands with a more modern, independent Frida.
Martha Rosler is an American artist who works in video, photography, text and installation. She produces work which addresses every day problems to environmental problems, she aims it especially towards women.
I am especially looking at her series, House Beautiful: Bringing the War Home. ‘Cleaning the Drapes’ is the a photomontage that has inspired me to create work like this.
I really like how the drapes open to look out like a window, the drapes are from the pages of House Beautiful. The curtains show two soldiers from the Vietnam war. The woman in the image looks out whilst cleaning.
Rosler has stated that ‘by urging viewers to reconsider the “here” and “there” of the world picture, these activist photomontage reveal the extent to which a collective experience of war is shaped by media images.’
I am really interested in this way of working and am thinking of creating my own photomontage using problems from the world today.
Shizuka Yokomizo is a Japanese photographer who has been living in London for many years. Yokomizo has created a series called, ‘Dear Stranger’. She wrote a letter to strangers asking them to be photographed.
She sent them this letter.
I really like the how the letter instructs the reader and creates a strange connection between strangers. Yokomizo wanted to have eye contact with the stranger and to look into their homes.
People’s homes are their private place and I feel taking the photo at night emphasises that private, safe place that is their home which makes you feel like you should not be looking or photographing their home.
Damien Hirst is a Bristol born artist who focuses on the theme death in the majority of his works.
‘The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991).
I feel using a shark is quire terrifying, however, the shark to me seems vulnerable as it has been taken out of its natural habitat. It is an interesting way to show death in a piece of work as the shark is real, it makes you think of death as you can not get away from it whilst looking at the shark in the tank.
‘This Little Piggy Went to Market, This Little Piggy Stayed Home, 1996’ is another piece I am looking of Hirst’s.
This piece is from the Natural History series, consisting of a disected pig. The pig is sliced like a bacon slicer.
I was inspired by Dorothea Tanning’s, ‘Arizona Landscape (1943).
I am interested in the surrealist painting as the girl in the image looks very glum, coming from her head is a landscape. It gives the impression that the tree routes are buried right into her skull. The hair is cleverly made from a waterfall. The face really brings the rock front to life as a person. I am looking at Arizona Landscape as I want to look at how I could look at the brain/head and get an outcome for this project. It is also interesting that the face is made up from ‘outside’ things like a landscape and a waterfall.