For this assignment, please reference: Page 350 reading and image 12.5 Betye Saar The Liberation of Aunt Jemima. Read this article on Saar’s work: https://www.kcet.org/shows/artbound/betye-saar-reflecting-american-culture-through-assemblage-art (Links to an external site.) Read this brief description of Saar’s Gris Gris Box: https://hammer.ucla.edu/now-dig-this/art/gris-gris-box (Links to an external site.) Read this description of Saar’s The Liberation of Aunt Jemima: http://revolution.berkeley.edu/liberation-aunt-jemima/ (Links to an external site.) And any other references from the text book or your own outside references. Let’s get started! Two Part Project Requirements & Instructions Be sure to view the ted talk, read the articles and closely look at all of the images of Saar’s work, on those links. You will be making a connection back to her work, in your reflection. Part 1: The Art Begin by looking closely at the connections that Saar makes with her objects. This will help to understand how to make your own connections to your our objects. (Feel free to look at other artist as well, you will have to reference a connection or influence to her work or an artist that you found.) Notice that Saar’s work has a backdrop image, with a central figure and objects on either side. This can work as a formula for planning and laying out your box, and where things will be placed. How to start: Start collecting objects. This is a personal project about you- so introduce personal items, mementos, cultural or religious images/icons, photographs, fabrics, items that are symbolic to you and are about you. As you are gathering your items, look for a box as well. Find objects that can be glued down. Once you have a lot of items (at least 5), including a box that they will go in, play around with the “placement”, composition/layout. Don’t glue anything down yet! Before you glue anything down, make a plan. Mentally walk through your project- ask yourself, what will I do first, second, last, etc. Address the background first, paint it, glue down some fabric, etc. Finish the background first (trust me, this will make it so much easier) Place your foreground objects second (gluing, stitching down) Side objects or smaller objects near the front should go last Once you have a plan, start! I understand that you may not have paint or fabric, or glue- so, do your best, and maybe there’s another alternative for those materials. How about using decorative tape to cover (instead of paint or fabric), or nail polish (for paint). I LOVE to see what students come up with, be creative! The rules and some tips: All completed boxes should be no larger that an 8×10 “shadow box”, and no smaller than a normal sized Altoids mint container. An old jewelry box, cigar box, eye glass box could work… All completed boxes should be completely covered with paint or fabric (unless the box itself is interesting to look at)- naked cardboard or un-painted shoe box will not work- unless it is about your story. There is a lot of creative freedom for what you can include to discuss “you”! Use it! Personalize, discuss your background, culture, religion, etc- what ever you feel is important to your story. Part 2: the reflection In an at-least-one-page summary or video/audio response, discuss the following: How were you able to discuss your own personal story? Discuss your objects in your story. images/objects that you used and… how each image/object describes your story Personally reflect on this project and the process. Did you have any hurdles or triumphs that you wish to share? You must use some of terms from the Principles of Composition. Please review Ch 2 for these. Make a connection to another artist, or Saar’s work: this can be the influence of culture/politics/history, etc- or the influence of her “arrangement of objects”. Feel free to do some personal investigation into other artists!
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