Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo features pain and suffering in most of Kahlo’s paintings, in ‘The Broken Column’, 1944, Kahlo shows her suffering in a straightforward way, by painting nails stuck in her face and body, her torso split in half looks like her body has been affected by an earthquake. When she first made the painting, she left herself naked. Later, she added the sheet which suggests a hospital sheet. The column inside Kahlo’s body is put in place of her spine, it looks like it is on the verge of collapsing, which further suggests an earthquake.


In the painting, Kahlo looks strong, she stares out to the audience with tears on her face, which implies she is challenging both herself and the viewer to face her situation.

I wanted to get an understanding of how to show back pain, as that’s what is wrong with my mother. The crack down the body has inspired me to put a ‘crack’ down the jug I will make for my final piece for subject. Kahlo has the corset which is holding her body together. If I use thread I could stitch the crack together to keep the crack together, this could suggest my support to my mother since she has become ill.


Key Concept: Exhibition

What can we learn from the history of the exhibition?

An exhibition is:

  • making public
  • an argument
  • temporary

What can we learn from the history of the exhibition?

  • Secularisation: the role of the market
  • The Salon du Louvre, Academie Royale
  • The Royal Academy, 1809- competition from attention, space, position


The Royal Academy, Manet: Portraying Life, 2013

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There are quotes and texts on the walls to educate about the ideas behind the works as well as catalogues, booklets, audio guides/multimedia and DVDs to help viewers understand the work.

  1. An exhibition is making public; therefore it is a social ritual, the viewer (the other) is part of the exhibition from the start, it is a form of theatre Screen Shot 2017-11-06 at 17.26.31.png
  2. An exhibition is an argument; a set of claims, therefore arrangement determines significance, objects are evidence Screen Shot 2017-11-06 at 17.24.55.png
  3. An exhibition is temporary; therefore it is an event, any statement it makes is always provisional and can always be revised. It is never the final wordScreen Shot 2017-11-06 at 17.27.19.png

What is the future of the exhibition? 

Is the physical exhibition redundant?

Virtual exhibitions? The viewer always wants to see the artwork physically after seeing it on the internet


Site Situation Key Concept

What is Site Specific Art?

Site Specific art pioneered in the late 1950s to mid 1960s. It was a result of the boom of art movements in that era.

Site Specific art started off as a de-contextualisation of the museum space.


The art or practice of designing and constructing buildings: schools of architecture and design’.

An example of architecture within art is the work by Andre Stitt, Nostalgia, 2005. Stitt built a small replica of the Berlin wall for people to walk around. Stitt also performed in the installation and created work that was inspired by political issues.

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Andre Stitt, Nostalgia, 2005


Social Space

A social space is physical or virtual space such as a social centre, online social media or other gathering places where people meet and interact.

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Hi Red Centre, street cleaning action, Tokyo 1964

This piece of art shows the people of Tokyo scrubbing the streets to make a statement on the pollution in Japan at the time.


The use of direct, often confrontational action, such as a demonstration or strike, in opposition to or support of a cause.

Communal Monumental 

Of or relating to a community. Of, belonging to, or shared by the people of a community; public.

Example: Joseph Beuys, 7000 Oaks, 1982. Joseph Beuys planted 7000 Oaks around Kassel, Germany, in 1982. This completely changed the city as there wasn’t many trees or nature there and invited the community to help plant and  look after the trees.


Final Piece 1- Outside Inside

My first final piece was inspired by Ed Ruscha and his series Metro Mattresses, 2015.

I decided to paint on cardboard as lots of the homeless use it to sleep on. After I spoke to the homeless woman in Cardiff, I came away with more knowledge of how she felt, unwanted was one of the words that she mentioned a few times.

I decided to look at unwanted, abandoned furniture to show symbolise the homeless. I wanted to specifically look at household furniture because it fits more with being ‘unwanted’ in the home with family. The furniture I found was on days of snow, sun and rain. I think this emphasises the typical days of weather a homeless person has to endure. I especially wanted household furniture to further imply that they don’t have a home or family.


I have 4 larger paintings, with larger furniture painted on the the larger pieces of cardboard and 3 smaller paintings of smaller furniture painted on smaller pieces of cardboard.

Sculpture Development

Below are some photographs to show the making of my sculpture. IMG_0646

I started with plastic bags and filled them with newspaper. Then, I wrapped them in brown paper and stuck them to a large piece of cardboard.

I made the torso out of a piece of cardboard. The head is made of a balloon as I am going to use PVA and pop the balloon when it dries to make a hood.IMG_0695 (1)

I PVA’d the sculpture to make it hard.


This is the final piece complete. I am pleased with how it has turned out and think it looks like a person is lying down. The ‘person’ has blended into the cardboard like I wanted it to but still looks like a person.

I hope people will understand that I am trying to highlight homelessness in the piece and understand that it is to show the person is blending like they are invisible. It will be interesting to see how people respond to this piece because it will be in an exhibition. I wonder if people would respond differently if the sculpture was out on the street?IMG_0718