Evaluate How Practitioners Use Text, Symbols and Compositional Strategies to Construct Meaning in Artworks.

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Evaluate how practitioners use text, symbols and compositional strategies to construct meaning in artworks. Artists such as Mexican Frida Kahlo and British Francis Bacon are two 20th Century practitioners who employ text, symbols and compositional strategies to construct meaning about themselves and the wider world in their paintings. Kahlo’s artworks such as he “Self-Portrait as a Tehuana (Diego in my thoughts)” and “Henry Ford Hospital 1932” provide an insight of her life and her obsessions with child-bearing and her husband, Diego Rivera. Likewise, Francis Bacon’s “Three Studies for the Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion” and his “Self-portrait 1971” conveys the suppression of his sexuality and inhumanity of one man to another.

Self-Portrait as a Tehuana (Diego on my thoughts)
1943
Oil On Masonite
29 7/8 " x 24 "
Gelman Collection, Mexico City
Self-Portrait as a Tehuana (Diego on my thoughts)
1943
Oil On Masonite
29 7/8 " x 24 "
Gelman Collection, Mexico City
Frida Kahlo’s artworks usually construct meaning through compositional strategies including autobiographical references and personal symbolism. Kahlo’s ethnicity also has a significant impact towards her art making practices such as the repetitive themes of life and death. Her excessive fascination towards childbearing and her husband, Diego Rivera was evidently portrayed in her artworks such as her “Self-Portrait as a Tehuana” and “Henry Ford Hospital”. Kahlo’s Mexican culture is highly apparent through the traditional Tehuana costume found in her self-portraiture artwork whilst a sense of estrangement and detachment from this culture is manifested in her artwork “Henry Ford Hospital” through her representation of Detroit where she had experienced her second miscarriage. Kahlo’s life was perceptibly dominated by her obsessive love and constant thought of Diego that is has impacted her artworks thematically. This notion is evident in her self-portrait painting where Diego’s miniature...
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