Conversation Starter 10
Using objects, images, or written material from the past, artists create a window into our present. Whether a few days or centuries ago, personal or public, considering prior events and people illuminates how we live and think today.
Why might artists use existing Hollywood genres, like horror, slasher, or murder mystery, to create new narratives? What do these new narratives suggest?
While some artists may intentionally create works that respond to political circumstances, others may do so by default. Protesting policy, war, or social norms, artists challenge the status quo and give voice to a movement.
Is a “home” based on a place, people, or objects? Perhaps a combination of them all? Like all people, artists grapple with the definition and memory of home.
Since time immemorial, humans have sought out transcendent experiences through numerous methods.
The sensations associated with experiencing art does not come from sight alone. Some works of art are just as much about hearing as they are about seeing.
Does formal schooling, apprenticeships, or personal passions determine an artist? When does one get to call oneself the honorific?
Bold color and whimsical brush strokes can evoke a visceral reaction, even if you’re not quite sure what you’re looking at.