Task A – Locate from a credible source, one visual text you will use in your essay. (This can include a visual texts from Wk4 I/S)
a. Brainstorm/Mind Map : Look closely at the visual text, refer directly to what is ‘in’ the image (the subject) and identify ideas or points you think are important to consider about this image in building context. Consider why?
b. Situate 1-2 historical or contemporary visual texts you might use in your essay.
c. Link what is ‘in’ the image’s to those ideas and claims you have identified by collaging or mapping them directly onto the image/s or around it/them using the suggested approaches and technologies (see above).
Image One: ‘Masculin/Feminin’ – Jürgen Klauke
I think that this image relates to the image chosen in part a of this task because it is showing the blurring lines between gender. The series of 13-part color photographic work is showing the merging of the two genders together. It also relates in the sense of showing how gender is a performance, that it can be changed and come together as one.
Image Two: ‘Self-Portrait with cropped hair’ – Frida Kahlo
This is a painting which is oil on canvas and was painted after her divorce with Diego Riveria. She is wearing an over-sized suit and crimson shirt. Surrounding her are locks of hair and she is holding a pair of scissors and lock of hair in the other. The text near the top of the image translates to “Look, if I loved you it was because of your hair. Now that you are without hair, I don’t love you anymore.” I chose this image in relation to the image selected in task A because when Frida Kahlo painted self-portraits, they were typically of her in a feminine way but now this is showing her in a different form and portraying a different gender. This shows how emotions can be shown through the use of gender, she is mourning for the loss of her husband and is starting to gain independence after her husband leaving
d. Upload the visual text exercise ‘Task A’ above, and also briefly reflect on:
• How this process helped focus your research/essay direction.
The process has helped me focus on my essay direction and researching because I am now able to understand how to look for the genre of the image and understand how to relates to the genre it is placed in. This has also helped me to understand what the actual subject is within the visual text. Finding focal points within the visual image is helpful to understand the overall context of the image
• How this process has helped develop your understanding of what is important to developing contextual knowledge or inter-textual relationships between the visual text/s?
It is important to develop understand because we first need to understand what the visual text is actually trying to tell us, once we understand that then we can create a contextual knowledge around the visual text. I am now able to research further into the topic and build a inter-textual relationship between the visual text and building research for my essay.
• The relevance of these ideas and process for you when making visual texts in the field of art or design practice that you are most interested in, or currently undertaking in Studio Papers
These processes have helped me to understand the relevance of the ideas and processes because it has helped me to understand how all texts can be relevant to a topic. It is helpful to understand these processes and ideas and be able to us them in my the field of art I am interested in. I am able to expand my knowledge and learn more about my topic interests as well.
(Kwinter, Taia. “Trying on Gender with Self-Portraits and Props.” Hyperallergic RSS. N.p., 09 Mar. 2016. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.)
(Ruszkiewicz, John J., Daniel Anderson, and Christy Friend. “Reading Texts.” Beyond Words: Cultural Texts for Reading and Writing. Boston: Pearson, 2012. 9-39. Print.)