Portraits of Famous People

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Appropriative Art


Abstract art in the 20th century, such as that represented by Dada or Cubism, was analytical and dealt with politics to the point where aesthetic value became of secondary importance after the message the artwork was communicating.  This leads to the question of whether the viewer could still consider as art, an abstract work of little analytical or political value such as that made by a child.   

"Portraits of Famous People" is an installation composed of five pieces; two paintings and three drawings digitally scanned and reproduced onto larger size printing paper.  These paintings and drawings were not produced with the aim of deconstructing reality or sending a political message, but come forth as a child's innocent emotional expression.  They are a construction of the child's reality, representing some of the most important ("famous") characters and people in the child's life. 

The installation aims to question the notions of children's art.  What does it mean to add the word child to the term art, how does it redefine the notion, and broaden the concept? How does the knowledge of the age and psychological level of the "artist" change our perception of the artwork itself?  Would the same composition made by a fully developed adult be considered art without a lengthy theoretical explanation to back up this lack of traditional aesthetic?



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