Today I had a meeting for the Art Integration Club I belong to. We looked at an art gallery that is located in one of the academic buildings at my university. This particular gallery contained the artwork of one of the professors from the art department.
The art consisted of bronze castings of Barbie legs attached to spherical objects, and on the bottom of wooden planks. The artist also did bronze castings of a dog and sheep, with various paint brushes, and then displayed above those pieces were silhouette stitches of the same thing (unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures).
I found this particular art gallery to be interesting because I wasn’t sure what the meaning or purpose behind the art was, and I was unsure of how the Barbie legs related to the animal castings and stitches.
I struggle looking at art sometimes because I want there to be a clear and concise meaning. I get frustrated looking at pieces that don’t seem to mean anything, so I have to come up with some sort of explanation for myself. Although I get frustrated, I also appreciate when art pieces are broad enough to hold different meanings for different people. I love that it is up for interpretation and that there isn’t necessarily a right or wrong answer.
Art is a new interest of mine, so I am still trying to figure out how to decipher intimidating pieces, and maybe there isn’t a right or wrong way at all. Artistic expression is something that I want to be able to share with my future students and incorporate into lesson plans, so this club has been helping prepare me to achieve that goal. I hope that my students will be able to take away something from every piece of artwork they see, and that they won’t find it intimidating.