- Art, according to Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, is a “mediator of the unspeakable”.
I believe this artwork by Pejac perfectly matches with the previous definition of art. This is because we get to understand the artist´s both feelings and criticism as regards the world nowadays with one simply image. Therefore, it is completely true that art manifests what can not be explained nor understood. In other words, I think it is a vivid representation of what human beings keep from saying. Perhaps, one image is much more clear than thousand words. In the case of this artwork, through the artist´s vivid images we can comprehend our ability to destroy everything to the point of living surrounded by trash.
c- This is the artwork I liked the best:
3) This artwork, by Adrian Villar Rojas, is a sculpture made of both clay and cement.Furthermore, the technique he used was to sculpt in relief the shape of the elephant .
- b) The artwork portrays an elephant crashing onto a wall, which represents the whole animal kingdom struggling against human greedy culture that manages to destroy everything, including nature. The animal is pictured through such a vivid image that looks like a real elephant. In fact, it really caught my attention how much details the artwork has , considering that the claws can be perfectly perceived thanks to its bulky shape. Furthermore, it is a figurative image.
- c) i) The elements in the image are occupying a lot of space, considering that it is a concrete representation of an elephant, and therefore it has its real body shape.Furthermore, the proportions of the animal are perfectly displayed in the sculpture, which avoids it to look like an abstract figure and accomplishes a realistic one.
- ii) We can observe that the same hues of colours are used for the whole sculpture, however [of which specific colour?], a certain difference is notable around the top part of the elephant. The artist used an achromatic group of colour. Furthermore, some he used shades in some parts of the animal so as to provide the illusion of depth. This is due to lighting, that play a key role in installation sculptures.
- e) It makes me feel quite uncomfortable as it is a reminder of human´s cruel acts towards nature and the planet itself. Furthermore, it makes me sympathize with animals, considering that their innocence generates such goodness on them and yet we treat them in an inhuman way. However, it also awakes me a strong desire for helping animals and changing human´s bad habit of thinking that they are more powerful than nature. I believe that the elephant appearing to have its body harmed, as a visual resource, is triggering these feelings. This is because by showing how real this issue is, it the urgent need of making a change is reinforced. Moreover, the fact that the animal is looking down also generates these feelings, as I believe it is a way of giving up.
- f) I believe the meaning of the artwork is to symbolise the earth cruel reality and the role human beings have incorporated overtime. This is why the master piece expresses the animal’s constant struggle for survival in a world where humanity put itself in a higher position than nature and achieves to destroy everything, including them. It also shows animal’s both reaction and feelings towards the situation; they want to speak up and stop humanity from ruining the planet, which is why the elephant is crashing against society and its cruel deeds. Furthermore, I think it has an ironic message , as it comments on the fact that while humans have a rational mind and still act as if they didn’t, animals answer by instinct and still are more intelligent.
- e) I believe “Earth song” , by Michael Jackson, is related with the piece of art because they both criticises humanity and stands up for the fact that an urgent change is needed. They both are targeting to make people aware of our mean actions through visual images , providing a mirror held up to reality.