The visual arts are created based on one’s influences and inspirations that surround them. It’s a form of expression for most artists as this is how they communicate feelings without directly speaking them. Some artists practice is so powerful, it shapes and effects significant events in society. This is achieved by inspiring the audience who may change their mind about a certain issue or encourage the audience to embrace and support a significant issue/event/cause. 2 well renowned artists, Barbara Kruger and Jean-Michel Basquiat, are prime examples of artists who’s practices in the visual arts have either shaped or been shaped by certain events throughout their life, whether it be in their private lives or events occurring publicly that has an impact on a majority of people. The
Barbara Kruger is an American conceptual/pop artist whose works focus mainly on feminism and the social and political stance of things. She takes images from the mass media and pastes big, bold extracts over them such as aphorisms, questions and slogans, both meaningful and eye catching. Her images sometimes make you look twice to try and fully interpret what the text may mean as opposed to the picture and what she is trying to convey to the audience. Kruger’s artworks have definitely been shaped by events that have taken place and by the ways of life back in the day, when females had a lot of restriction. Kruger being a feminist has always been against that and this is what inspires her to produce such truthful and powerful images. She has produced several artworks that are inspired by natural life experiences that every human shares and in life such as love (everybody can relate and this has been a prime factor influence that shape how many artists work, it’s inspiring, confusing, good and bad) as well as the problems of co-existence. These are uncontrollable in nature, they just occur. Other “controlled” experiences and ways of life are that of consumerism, conformity and the...
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