Land · scape: Redefining Landscapes from the UWM Art Collection explores the subjectivity of landscapes in art through four lenses. The exhibition engages with concepts of the deconstructed landscape, the ephemeral landscape, landscapes and power, and bodies as landscapes. Through these different explorations and their unique experiences in the space, visitors will be challenged to view landscapes in new ways and to view the gallery itself as a landscape.
Here is a fun little insight to what we get to do as MA Grad Students! ( I'm in the yellow sweater) I'll be presenting on two objects later in the semester, on David Siqueiros Nude of 1931 and Andre Derain Seated Nude ca. 1925 which are both in the UWM Art History Collection!
Another sketch from the Acropolis Museum that had beautiful drapery that I was able to practice. "Diona (or Artemis) and Aprhodite, East Pediment Parthenon, Acropolis Museum, Greece, 2014"
This was from my Summer Study Abroad in Greece back in 2014. This particular sketch was done at the newly constructed acropolis museum with the pediment plaster copies. It's a real shame that they weren't the originals. They would have looked magnificent in that space.
This was from my Summer Study Abroad in Greece, one of my sketches of a sculpture in the Corinth museum.
Several years ago during my undergraduate I took an additional course to assist in my thought processes and concise writing for the art history courses I was taking at the time. I ran across one of my answers to a prompt we were given and even today I am proud of how clearly I stated how art history encompassed all life and history of the human realm. It's fascinating to see how much passion and zest I had back then and how I still carry it now, just with more knowledge and years behind this conviction.
Horse painting gained in popularity during the Yuan as another form of painting to escape the Mongol rule and making references to the Tang dynasty. The horse is regarded as a symbol of vitality, vigor, and nobility. To the Tang rulers, the horse was a symbol of power and prestige. Horses reflected the military might of the Tang Dynasty and were treasured by the imperial elite.
First and foremost, I am an art historian as well as an artist, and this completely guides my artistic choices that I make and what influences me. I do try to let my work speak for itself but that would not be quite right to completely ignore the influences and the history of pigment and painter that have existed before my work and me.
The thing I am most proud of with my art history degree is my ability to quickly and efficiently analyze a piece of media/medium to its fullest extent. I am able to provide historical context, visual impact, the evolution of its design, and its efficiency in getting its point across as well as critique it from an objective point of view. I am literally carrying around a visual database of all recorded human history around in my brain and can use it at will. ( how cool is that?)
Every artist chooses o make art for some reason, and many make art due to a mental or physical struggle. This is my story.