Tuesday, November 26, 2013
I have been teaching my 7th grade artists about material selection when creating art. I created the piece of artwork above as an example of how a material can add meaning to a work of art. In this instance, I asked the question, "How does the surface material add meaning to the art?" After a few funny answers somebody made a legitimate and insightful guess. The surface of the art is a crumpled piece of brown paper bag, a disposable material. The content of the piece is the highly recognizable endangered Panda Bear on the brink of extinction. We spoke a bit about the expectation we have for the "life" of a brown paper bag. We expect to dispose of it. Do we look at animals in the same way? No we don't, yet the problem we face is the disposal of a species. A species is not meant to be disposable but it can be treated that way.