Artists working within the theme of Identity

We have been given a long list of artists to explore within the theme of identity..

Gilbert and George

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Gilbert and George, 1969.

This ‘magazine sculpture’ was published in the journal Studio International in 1970, where it was shown in black and white with the offending words censored. Gilbert & George have described this work as an attempt to pre-empt criticism of themselves: ‘we knew there was a battle ahead and we wanted to be in there first, long before somebody could say we weren’t good artists, we couldn’t draw or we couldn’t paint, long before all that criticism began, we had already attacked ourselves, called ourselves “a Shit and a Cunt”’.
–from the display caption of a Tate February 2010 exhibition image and information retrieved 16/3/14 from Tumblr http://www.tumblr.com/search/Gilbert+and+George

I really love the fun in this, I would like to take it and appropriate it with my own take. It has a lot of potential. The casualness of it and the everyday crass language gives it a very comical appeal.

I might look into these two a bit more, they are fun.

Marina Abramovic

“It’s not important what you are doing but what state of mind you are doing it” Quote from Marina Abramovic retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.tumblr.com/search/marina+abramovic

Marina has done a lot of confrontational works which really interest me here is just one of them

Image Retrieved 16/3/14 http://miista.com/marina-abramovic/

This image is excellent.. its confrontational and provocative, art does not have to be beautiful.. but this to me is beauty .. don’t they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

In this webpage there is a lot of really interesting works and information about Marina who is definitely an artist I am interested in.

http://miista.com/marina-abramovic/

Cindy Sherman 

Cindy Sherman is an artist I have studied before whilst doing my Diploma in Photography. I really admire Cindy, she is a self portrait photographer who creates new identities for herself. The identities are all constructed. Some are film set styles, murder mystery or in domestic house wife scenes, classic gender specific rolls.. nurses.. etc.. she has used prosthetic s and created some really macabre photographic stills.

Cindy has also done a lot of work using dolls, which is very interesting.. placing the plastic dolls and mannequins in different positions. Exploring gender and feminism.

Heres is one of my favourite images by Cindy Sherman

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“Untitled (#153),” 1985. Color photograph, 67 1/4 x 49 1/2 inches. Edition of 6. © Cindy Sherman. Courtesy Metro Pictures, New York.

Retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.art21.org/texts/cindy-sherman/activity-hands-on-cindy-sherman

Nikki S. Lee

Wikipedia –  Nikki Seung-hee Lee (born 1970) is a Korean photographer and filmaker formerly based in New York City, now living and working in Seoul. retrieved 16/3/14 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikki_S._Lee

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Nikki S. Lee’s Layers, Rome 1, 2, 3 (2007).

Retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.vulture.com/2008/12/artist_nikki_s_lee.html

Zhang Huan

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“When I was young, in the countryside of Henan, living with my grandmother and uncle, whenever it came time for the New Year, we would go to the cemetery and invite my deceased grandfather and ancestors back to the house to spend the New Years holiday with us. Before eating, we always had to place some of the food and offerings in front of the images of our ancestors as a sacrifice. We had to wait for them to finish eating before we started.”

Image and quote retrieved 16/3/14 from http://theurbanshamanproject.blogspot.co.nz/2010/05/evening-standard-has-regarded-him-as.html

I am really inspired by Zhang Huan. I really like this work it is raw and provocative.

Pope L.

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As a multimedia artist expanding on traditions of radical performance art and public intervention, William Pope.L creates actions and works that address conflicting notions of individual and collective identities. He is best known for his solo performances that require extreme physical endurance and discomfort to, in his words, “perform social struggle.”

Images and info retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.corcoran.edu/exhibitions-events/visiting-artists/past/william-popel

Patty Chang

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“You Are What You Eat” Retrieved 16/3/14 http://uwmunionartgallery.wordpress.com/category/exhibitions/

Anselm Keifer

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‘Man under a Pyramid’ 1996
Retrieved 16/3/14 http://artblart.com/2011/01/03/exhibition-anselm-kiefer-at-baltic-centre-for-contemporary-art-gateshead/\

Not an artist that immediately draws me in. Probably not as  instantly shocking and confrontational as I like but Im sure once analysed it, it would be very deep and interesting.

Doris Salcedo

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Doris Salcedo, Installation at 8th International Istanbul Biennial, 2003.

Retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.gwarlingo.com/2012/artist-doris-salcedo-i-began-to-conceive-of-works-based-on-nothing/

This is an interesting concept.

On Kawara

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://s3.amazonaws.com/jo.www.bucket/zipmagazine.com/main_promotional_image/images/174/original/ON%20KAWARA%202%20458PX.jpg?1357147936

Interesting.. but probably too simple for my line of works.

Louise Bourgeois

Louise is an artist we talked a lot about in Visual Culture last year. We watched a film about her.

She focused a lot on her childhood.

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When I first looked at this sculpture I thought it was rather ominous but actually its created in a loving happy manner,

The Spider is an ode to my mother. She was my best friend. Like a spider, my mother was a weaver. My family was in the business of tapestry restoration, and my mother was in charge of the workshop. Like spiders, my mother was very clever. Spiders are friendly presences that eat mosquitoes. We know that mosquitoes spread diseases and are therefore unwanted. So, spiders are helpful and protective, just like my mother.’ 

Image and quote retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.sculpt.com/links/Other_Pics/LouiseB/LouiseB.htm

Cildo Merieles

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.henry-moore.org/hmi/events/past-events/2006/international-perspectives-on-brazilian-sculpture

A bit complex and over my head or interest this work and artist.

Tehching Hsieh

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/exhibitions/322

 

A very interesting artist who did a lot or performance pieces.

I would like to look into the intent of this piece below.

‘One Year Performance 1978–1979 (Cage Piece)

In this performance, which lasted from September 29, 1978 through September 30, 1979, the artist locked himself in a 11′6″ × 9′ × 8′ wooden cage, furnished only with a wash basin, lights, a pail, and a single bed. During the year, he was not allowed to talk, to read, to write, or to listen to radio and TV. A lawyer, Robert Projansky, notarized the entire process and made sure the artist never left the cage during that one year. A friend came daily to deliver food, remove the artist’s waste, and take a single photograph to document the project. In addition, this performance was open to be viewed once or twice a month from 11am to 5pm.’ retrieved 16/3/14 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tehching_Hsieh

Bill Viola  

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Nantes Triptych 1992

Video and mixed media
duration: 29 min., 46 sec.
‘Viola evokes the sublime in order to engage the viewer emotionally and he does this by affecting the sensory aspects of being. He does not have a specific message to impart in his work and considers his work as a meditation on such central questions and issues in life as ‘Why are we here?’ and ‘Where are we going?’ And, he shows us what it feels like to be alive. Viola does not advocate an overtly didactic approach – he simply wants to invite the viewers to respond to his work on an experiential level. Viola’s work is about the human condition, which is primarily about coming to terms with the fact that we are embodied and encounter suffering, pain, alienation and death.’
This is an artist I am certainly interested I really like the comparison of the newborn human with the geriatric human.
Mel Chin 
Mel Chin is a conceptual visual artist. Motivated largely by political, cultural, and social circumstances, Chin works in a variety of art media to calculate meaning in modern life. Taken from Wikipedia 16/3/14

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mel_Chin

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Dopwiki.jpg

Dorothy Cross

‘Dorothy Cross is an artist born in Cork, Ireland. Working with diverse media, which includes sculpture, photography, video and installation’ retrieved from Wikipedia 16/3/14 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Cross

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.tedxdublin.com/speakers/

Hannah Wilke

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https://www.artsjournal.com/artopia/2007/09/hannah_wilkes_farewell.html

This passage was very interesting about some of the work Hannah has done:

‘Intra-Venus Tapes, 1990-1993. It consists of 16 flat-screen monitors, in a four-by-four grid, showing 30 hours of tapes of Wilke’s last days when she was being done in by lymphoma. Completed according to her instructions and 14 years in the making, the Intra-Venus Tapes installation is sad and vividly antiromantic. Death is not fetishized. The sound jumps from one screen to another. There she is with her bandages. There she is being cheerful. There she is bloated and comatose. It is hard to take, yet a photo blow-up across the room confirms her lingering beauty, as do several of the tapes.
There are many things you need to know. Wilke once did a shocking series of photographs of her dying mother. But you also should know she made tiny vaginas out of chewing gum, sticking them to herself and onto photo self-portraits. That and her glorious body were her fame.’

Retrieved 16/3/14 https://www.artsjournal.com/artopia/2007/09/hannah_wilkes_farewell.html

Chris Burden

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.lostateminor.com/2013/11/13/extreme-measure-mind-blowing-works-by-chris-burden/

Not something that draws me in.

Jenny Saville 

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://3minorwaifs.wordpress.com/2013/02/16/mons-fils-saville-and-semiotics-of-the-kitchen-maternitymatricide-part-ii/

This work interests me it is something I would hang on my wall. Im a single mother of two and I can relate to it. The chaos and energy in this image very much sums up what its like being a mother.

Orlan

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Both images retrieved 16/3/14 https://www.stanford.edu/class/history34q/readings/Orlan/Orlan.html

Orlan is a very interesting artist. Her canvas is her own body, in particular her face. Interesting another quirk of Orlan is she always writes in capital letters.. ORLAN.

‘Orlan is not her name. Her face is not her face. Soon her body will not be her body. Paradox is her content; subversion is her technique. Her features and limbs are endlessly photographed and reproduced; in France, she appears in mass- media magazines and on television talk shows. Each time she is seen she looks different, because her performances take place in the operating room and involve plastic surgery. What we actually know about the video- and- performance artist who calls herself “Orlan” is less than what is known about Orlon, the synthetic fiber whose trade name closely resembles her chosen alias. This assumed name, moreover, will in turn be altered: when the total self-transformation she plans is complete, an advertising agency will select a new name consonant with her new image.’ retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.stanford.edu/class/history34q/readings/Orlan/Orlan2.html

This is an artist who has totally constructed an identity.

Song Dong

First of all before I even look this artist up I have to say I like the name! obviously also constructed.  ..

Okay so he is not constructed.. he is amazing I really love his work.. Im so glad to have stumbled upon him.

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‘Waste Not  is an exhibit by Chinese artist Song Dong that displays over 10,000 domestic objects formerly owned by his late mother, who refused to throw anything away if she could possibly reuse it. She had suffered poverty during China’s turmoils in the 1950s and 1960s and had acquired a habit of thrift and re-use that led her to store domestic objects of all kinds in her tiny house in Beijing. After the death of her husband in 2002, her desire to hoard items became an obsession that began to have an impact on her standard of living. Song and his sister managed to alleviate it by persuading her to let him use her possessions as an art installation, reflecting her life and the modern history of China as experienced by one family.’

Images and information retrieved from Wikipedia 16/3/14 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waste_Not

I really connect with this artist. My own mother and her mother are horders. Even their last name is Horder! I have to constantly go around to my mothers house and try and de-clutter it. She will have X3 toasters, 12 phones, 7 cell phones, she likes to collect things as she never know when she might need a ‘spare’ it has come in handy at times. But it is certainly very mind blowing.. I could create an instillation like this with my mothers stuff!

Laurie Anderson

Is a performance artist, originally trained as a sculptor. When looking her up, her work sparked no interest for me.

http://www.laurieanderson.com/gallery/ Here is a link to her website.

Carrie Mae Weems  

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“This black and white photo comes from Weems’ “Kitchen Table Series” which portrayed Weems in various domestic scenes in which the artist performs various stories, creating a narrative about relationships, family, race, sex and society. The work is evocative, mysterious and dramatic. What more can one hope for in the art we live with?” – retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.lightwork.org/shop/carrie-mae-weems/

An interesting artist who I can relate to from a woman’s point of view.

Tracy Moffatt

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Retrieved 16/3/14

http://artblart.com/tag/tracey-moffatt-up-in-the-sky/

The title of this work is very sad and provocative it reminds me of my childhood – it makes me think more able titling my own work and what does it mean. Without reading the title I would have a totally different take on this image. But in context with the title it is sad and haunting.

I find this image quite pleasing I do like vintage works from 1960s and 1970s.

Ilya Kabokov

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The man who flew into space from his apartment; another installation by Ilya Kabakov. I believe he first created this installation in his own apartment in 1968 Retrieved 16/3/14 http://house-universe.com/category/explore/

Interesting to me, I quite like filled rooms and spaces.

Do Ho-Suh

A sculptor and instillation artist.

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Retrieved 16/3/14

http://www.lehmannmaupin.com/artists/do-ho-suh

I like this work, its very striking.

Joseph Beuys

Joseph Beuys was a German Fluxus, happening and performance artist as well as a sculptor, installation artist, graphic artist, art theorist and pedagogue of art.- Wikipedia

Retrieved 16/3/14 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Beuys

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://cinemaelectronica.wordpress.com/tag/joseph-beuys/

Rachel Whiteread  

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‘A labyrinthine installation built of semi-opaque white casts of boxes.’ Retrieved 16/3/14 http://kureator.tumblr.com/post/253076041/threefinch-embankment-by-rachel-whiteread-in

Wolfgang Liab

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://ellenturningpages.blogspot.co.nz/2011/12/wolfgang-laib.html

I really enjoy this image and the colour tones.

John Feodorov

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.wooloo.org/public/userfiles/pompus/images/20_feodorov.jpg

I am often drawn to the use of ‘doll’s in my own work and the work of others. There is a place I love call “The Island of the Dolls” it is just out of Mexico – ‘La Isla de las Muñecas, a real place located in a southern borough of Mexico City on a man-made island that for decades has been home to hundreds of dilapidated dolls.‘ retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.vocativ.com/underworld/uncategorized/welcome-island-dolls-creepiest-place-mexico/ Do have a look at this link, I find this place very inspiring.

Yinka Shonibare

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.yinkashonibarembe.com/articles/past/

I fun, fairy-tale like creation. It gives me a smile, I could see it in some fun forestry scene.

Eric Fischl

ImageRetrieved 16/3/14

http://www.ericfischl.com/html/en/paintings/early1_81_023.html

There is a great narrative in this image.. what is the boy doing? is he stealing? does the women know he is why are they in this scenario? who are they? I really love creating a narrative in my images and work.

What also attracts me to this work is the fact that it covers issues of interest to me.. taboo themes and connotations this is something I might elaborate on in my project. I am currently reading a fiction book called ‘Tampa” by Alissa Nutting 17225311 here is an exert from the blurb  – ‘Celeste Price is an eighth-grade English teacher in suburban Tampa. She’s undeniably attractive. She drives a red Corvette with tinted windows. Her husband, Ford, is rich, square-jawed, and devoted to her.

But Celeste’s devotion lies elsewhere. She has a singular sexual obsession—fourteen-year-old boys. Celeste pursues her craving with sociopathic meticulousness and forethought; her sole purpose in becoming a teacher is to fulfill her passion and provide her access to her compulsion.’

What interests me about this story is the sexual narcissism, it is something that I find interesting. Philosopher  Jacques Lacan talked about this subject in depth. As covered in a quote on my last blog post.

Vito Acconci

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://theredlist.com/wiki-2-351-382-1160-1122-view-usa-profile-acconci-vito.html

The positions of the bodies in the image above are very interesting sexual and erotic, yet ‘matter of fact’. the ones below observant and also comical.

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.guggenheim.org/new-york/collections/collection-online/artwork/106

Im drawn to nude works, works of the human body. I like the curves and different shapes and positions of the body. Im interested in unique and different bodies… disfigured ones, attractive ones, and unattractive ones. These works are appealing to me.

Yasumasu Morimura

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‘Performance artist Yasumasa Morimura transforms himself into famous people such as Marilyn Monroe, Albert Einstein, Andy Warhol, and others. He also reenacts historical scenes like the execution of Nguyen Van Lem, and a sailor kissing a girl on V-J Day in Times Square. Morimura’s body of work definitely reminds me of Cindy Sherman’s conceptual photos.’ Image and quote retrieved 16/3/14 http://illusion.scene360.com/art/27078/imitating-marilyn-monroe/ 

I really like Yasumasu Morimura’s work, yes I agree it is like Cindy Shermans work. I myself love to dress up and take self portraits so this work defiantly could be an influence for me.

Kate Gilmore

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://notebook-allthings.blogspot.co.nz/2011_10_01_archive.html

A performance artist Kate had these sensibly dressed women trash at a lump of clay.

Quote about Kates work –

‘In Kate Gilmore’s videos, she often is involved in a struggle. Whether self-imposed or not, these moments reflect women’s determination to handle tough predicaments despite pain, frustration, and the occasional paint splash.’ 

Retrieved 16/3/14 http://landmarks.utexas.edu/video/gilmore

Cang Xin

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Retrieved 16/3/14http://www.forum-communication.be/fileBox/Feizi/CANG%20XIN%20-%20TO%20ADD%20ONE%20METER%20UNKNOW%20MOUTAIN%20%20%20165X110CM%20%20PHOTOGRAPHY%20%202005%20%20.jpg

I really love group nudes, bodies interacting closely, touching and not touching in non sexual ways.

Mariko Mori

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://isysarchive.tv/blog/page/21/

The work is very hyper real with a dreamy quality. I love it… the idea of placing someone quite out of place in an certain environment is a concept I would like to work on.

William Kentridge

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.artthrob.co.za/07nov/images/kentridge05a.jpg

Now I really like some of this mans work especially this one. I have always wanted to create an image with water coming into a dry land area for example a bedroom, bathroom. I am very inspired by the work of Gregory Crewdson this image reminds me of this piece by Gregory  –

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Gregory Crewdson Ophelia

Retrieved 16/3/14 http://shardsofsilence.wordpress.com/2013/11/10/return/gregory-crewdson-ophelia/

Gregory is one of my favorite inspirations I love his attention to detail and his concepts.

Here is my own Ophelia an image I took in Jan 2014 Image

I would like to do more with water in dry locations.. here is another example of an image that inspires me it is called absent minded and is by a photographer called Karrah Kobus.

ImageRetrieved 16/3/14 http://www.flickr.com/photos/karrah_kobus/8403067125/in/photostream

Kara Walker

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.crywalt.com/blog/2006/03/inka-essenhigh-brian-alfred-kara-walker-turn-beat-around.html

Most of Karen’s work seems to be black silhouette’s on walls which, although cool and I do find slavery interesting which is a subject she address’s a lot in her work it, didn’t really attract me but… this drawn image does. I quite like the dark sexual images.

Trenton Doyle Hancock

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http://murphydesign1.blogspot.co.nz/2012/11/trenton-doyle-hancockand-then-it-all.html

Interesting, but not my thing.

Roger Shimomura 

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.artsjournal.com/anotherbb/2009/09/roger_shimomura_what_racists_s.html

This reminds me of the Simpsons.

Helio Oiticica

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Retrieved 16/3/14

http://portugalconfidential.com/2012/09/helio-oiticica-museu-e-o-mundo-berardo-musuem-through-06-january-2013/

Interesting textures in this image.

Wodiczko  

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.wellesley.edu/davismuseum/news/2013-03/node/36695

Interesting projectile work.

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://dailyserving.com/2010/07/from-the-ds-archives-venice-biennale-krzysztof-wodiczko/

I really like the concept of this last image. It is very surreal and ominous.

Judy Chicago

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/dinner_party/

An interesting feminist artist.

‘ The Dinner Party comprises a massive ceremonial banquet, arranged on a triangular table with a total of thirty-nine place settings, each commemorating an important woman from history. The settings consist of embroidered runners, gold chalices and utensils, and china-painted porcelain plates with raised central motifs that are based on vulvar and butterfly forms and rendered in styles appropriate to the individual women being honored. The names of another 999 women are inscribed in gold on the white tile floor below the triangular table.’ Retrieved from same address above where I found the image.

Anish Kapoor

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://www.dezeen.com/2010/03/31/arcelormittal-orbit-by-anish-kapoor/

Wow amazing.. !

Robert Mapplethorpe

A photographer who works mainly creating black and white portraits.. I found this image of his I really love..

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://inspirationhut.net/inspiration/world-famous-robert-mapplethorpe-portrait-photographer-geniusImage

Retrieved 16/3/14 http://inspirationhut.net/inspiration/world-famous-robert-mapplethorpe-portrait-photographer-genius/

I love this above image, what I love about it is the composition. The way the face his half cut off has a edgy effect. I really enjoy the facial expression of the man too and his pose. Great simple effect image. Something I would like to put into some of my work.

and last but not least the famous  Andy Warhol I have heard of this man!

Andy Warhol

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Retrieved 16/3/14 http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:In_the_style_of_Andy_Warhol.jpg

Andy Warhol is famous for his pop art work that he creating in the 1960s.

Well… I have gone though and looked up all the artists working in the field of identity given to us on the power point. I have found some really interesting ones that I will look into further. There was a lot who didnt inspire me but an awful lot who did. I will single them out and explore further.

About jessshirley1981

Hi there, Im a 33 year old mum of two, a 7 year old daughter and a 5 year old son. I am studying for the BA in Arts & Media part time, I have just finished L6 Studio this semester 2, 2014. My passion is photography, here is a link to my facebook photography page for those of you that are interested https://www.facebook.com/pages/Jessica-Shirley-Photography/414300345298086
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