Art Essay - Artists Patricia Piccinini & Lee Bul

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Section II – Essay

Technological advances have transformed the practices of artists. Discuss this statement.

Throughout the time periods art has been explored consistently to reach places never been before. With this in mind societal advances have played major influence in the development of modern and contemporary art. As technology develops and enhances in our society artists have the ability to manipulate their artworks with new technologies to reflect the societal change occurring. Artists ‘Patricia Piccinini’ and ‘Lee Bul’ have both used the conventions of technology and integrated not just the technologically developed materials but also the challenging notions of how technology is viewed by society throughout their artworks. By exploring the natural and the artificial these modern artists confront contemporary society with contemporary art forms changing the concept of what an art object is.

Exploring the role of technology in her artworks ‘Patricia Piccinini challenges the audience to contemplate the consequences of scientific intervention in a natural world. Recognising that technology now plays are crucial role in or contemporary lives – so how technology has played a crucial role in the manipulation and creation of her artworks. Modern futuristic materials used such as silicon, fibreglass, auto paint to engineer her artworks, revealing the technologic era, Patricia Piccinini portrays these engineered artworks technologically using digital media, computer manipulated technology and photography and video. ‘Merely responding to my world’ Patricia Piccinini confronts the audience with the challenges and issues technology has introduced such as plastic surgery, genetically modified food, IVF programs and stem cell research. As she experiments with her art making forms and practices Piccinini addresses those experiments in technology both scientifically and medically of creations and cloning. The consistent change is an element of Piccinini’s...
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