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Theory of Knowledge - find the perfect art piece, whether it be play, musical, paintings, or other wise

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Sabina Yeasmin Dr. Hall | Period 0 Theory of Knowledge June 11, 2009 Arts Essay: Mary, 1898 I had a mission ahead of me. We all had to face it, everyone in our TOK class. Our mission was to find the perfect art piece, whether it be play, musical, paintings, or other wise. It was May 19 of 2009 and Khalah, Mary, and I decided to go hunt down our targets together. We felt that the most convenient starting place would be Lasalle University Art Museum. We didn't know what to expect, didn't know if it would have our future reference items in there, but we were determined to finish the task as soon as possible. Sure I knew where Lasalle University was, but I had no clue where to go to enter the Art Museum section. It so happened that Kahlah knew how to get there, as she had gone there before to look at the art pieces. It was a very windy day, and we all kept getting dust in our eyes as we walked up the steep hill from Central High School. The walk there was long and painful, but we endured the dirt aiming for our eyes. We just hoped that our mission would be successful by the end of the day to make up for the horrible walk. At the entrance to the museum a man gave us directions to the door of the Art Museum. ...read more.


This painting was of Mary looking down at Baby Jesus, all wrapped up in white cloth from head to toe. He was al covered up from head to toe, and he didn't look dead like some people would presume, instead he looked like how a baby would look under covers. The painting was by Henry Ossawa Tanner, an American artist who lived till he was 78, and died in 1937. It was oil painting on canvas bought by funds provided by Regan and Regina Henry. This was the best picture yet, it looked so serene, but it showed all of Mary's sad emotions in that white room. I think she was thinking about how her town would treat her for having a child without a husband. She knew she was a virgin, but what did the towns people care about what she knew when they could clearly see. She looked like she was waiting for some news, maybe a sign for her to go back out there without being shameful and embarrassed. Nature of Arts: Does art have to have meaning? Conversely, if something is meaningless, can it be art? Art has to have meaning. There is no point of art, if it is meaningless, because then it seems like fraud; capturing someone else's feelings inside of your art piece. Even in that way art actually does have meaning behind it. Art only happens when the artist goes through a phase, big or small, or during the process of it or after he or she overcomes it. ...read more.


Can or should artists' intentions, and the creative process itself, be understood through observing artists or knowing something of their lives? Is the creative process as important as the final product, even though it cannot be observed directly? Are an artist's intentions relevant to assessing the work? Can a work of art contain or convey meaning of which the artist is oblivious? If one is to focus attention on the artist, one can make an assumption of what the art piece may be. Depending on the artists' personality he or she will continue to make paintings that have his/ her personality included, and a certain trait may seem apparent among his or her paintings. So by focusing attention on the artist, it can help someone else to interpret the artist's work. To fully observe an artist you must know something of their lives, or else you cannot interpret certain behaviors and the story behind them. The creative process is definitely important; it tells the story of how it got to the end of the road, the finished product. Although outsiders cannot always see this process, the artist him/ her self can see how he/ she grew. The artist's intentions are very relevant in assessing its work. If an artist was only doing it for money and was at a bad point in their life, they might not have a good intention and so their painting may not come out so good as well. A work of art can definitely contain or convey a meaning of which the artist is oblivious of, because art is described by the eye of the beholder. ...read more.

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