Art and human body
The human body is essential to how we understand the levels of identity such as gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity. Many artists explore gender through representations of the body and by using their own bodies in their craft.
Watch the following videos.
Research and explore for other information on these artists and their artwork.
Read the discussion questions below and leave your comments using the “Reply” prompt.
Make sure you proofread your posts and cite you sources using MLA format.
Where are the Women? With Jemima Kirke (Links to an external site.)
Kimsooja, “A Beggar Woman” and “A Homeless Woman” (Links to an external site.)
Cornelia Parker, ‘I’m Drawn to Things with a Past’ (Links to an external site.)
Sherman, Untitled Film Still #21 (Links to an external site.)
Cindy Sherman at the National Portrait Gallery (Links to an external site.)
Robert Longo on Cindy Sherman’s Untitled Film Still #25 (Links to an external site.)
Burden – Exclusive Clip (Links to an external site.)
Shot in the Name of Art (Links to an external site.)
Vito Acconci, Security Zone, 1971 (Links to an external site.)
Required questions:Which artwork did you react most strongly to (positively or negatively)?
Talk about the artwork (and link if you can) and tell us what interested or repelled you about it.
Choose 1 (one) of the following questions to answer:Pick two artists from Cindy Sherman, Kimsooja, Vito Acconci or Chris Burden. What effects are created by the artists using their bodies as part of their own work?
Compare and contrast the two that you have chosen.
What kind of influence does identity have on an artist?In what ways do you think gender, race, social class, or sexual orientation would have an effect on their work?
Use specific art examples.
What do you think Parker is encouraging us to think about with the Folkestone Mermaid?Is she defying the notion that only idealized female bodies have a place in art, or perhaps encouraging us to see the everyday as something more heroic?
How do you think Sherman’s work relates to the way we present ourselves in social media such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat etc?Do we make up characters for ourselves the way she does?
How is that problematic and/or beneficial?
Art and human body