The work of art I chose is titled “distortion” by AndréKertész (1933.) It is a portrait of anaked woman photographed from the view of a carnival mirror. In the mirror, the woman appears to have anelongated, very narrow ribcage, thick thighs and almost perfect breasts.
She is lying on a luxurious suede chaise withher legs crossed and her head tilted back. She seems to be very confident with her body. I am reminded of Saartjie (Sara) Baartman, the black woman who was put ondisplay at freak shows because of her curvy body. While in the 1800’s a curvy body waslaughable, it is now what many women desire. This image relates to David Hume’s aesthetic theory. Hume’s theory was that beauty is in the eyeof the beholder and that there is no real standard of physical beauty thatguarantees a person to be admired by everyone. This theory and photo intrigued me as lately with the social mediacraze, people are very focused on physical beauty. The “coke bottle” body is very popular andwomen are going to great lengths to get it.
Some of the ways they are achieving these results such as waist trainingand cheap surgeries can be very dangerous. In the photo, the woman seems to be very confident in her appearance asshe has what society would define as the perfect body. However; from the carnival mirror view, sheis far from perfect.
She even lookslikes she has a deformity. Analyzing this piece of art I realize that by payingattention to more than just a first glance I saw more than just a naked bodyposed for a photo. It began to havemeaning that contributed to life and how I see it. It would be nice if more women in mygeneration saw this photo and really understood how you don’t have to look theway society says you should look to be confident in yourself. I love this post. Itis really great that we can look at the art work of different cultures andrelate it to what we know about them, or even learn more about them. Do you happen to know what about the paintingwas restricted by Indian Affairs? Ithink being a great artist is relative.
I feel I have zero artistic ability but someone else may see something Ipainted as a masterpiece (although I don’t see why they would! :o) ) this makes me wonder what people of my generation could draw torepresent us? What is of great importanceto us? What do we want futuregenerations to think when they see a painting that represents us? These days we are so complex that I can’tthink of anything that would be important enough to represent us. We no longer value our land, we value moneyand things. That is kind of sad.
We visited the Dr. Martin Luther king Jr. Memorial in DCback in 2014 and it was just on a whim. I thought we’d visit, take a few pictures and be on our way.
When we got there, I was blown away by how Ifelt seeing this beautiful statue in person. On the walls of the memorial are famous (and not so famous) quotes Dr.King said during his time as a civil rights activist. We found ourselves reading and discussingthem for about an hour. I took apicture of my sons and nephew by the quote that hurt me most, it states”Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network ofmutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.
” This one touched me because we are in a timewhere I don’t feel safe for my young sons to go outside with their friends. I fear for their lives every day. Although Ihave never directly felt the pain of losing a young child to brutal violence orinjustice, I know it is a harsh reality. That scares me.