On March 23rd, I attended the Fractured Histories exhibit that featured ancient Greek pottery that was from the Allen Collection at Haverford College. This exhibit contained exquisite works of pottery with elaborate paintings on them. The work that I chose to focus on was the "Black-Figure Neck Amphora" which was attributed to the Leagros group. This pot, which was made with black slip and red clay, features women looking off to the side around half of the pot. Although the pot was decorated only in black slip, it is still visible that the women are dressed in elaborate clothing and head dresses. This makes me wonder what standing women had in this time period, or if these were just representing only the high-powered women. On the other half of the pot, there is a very curveular line that has floral-looking shapes on the sides and below it. I think that this continues to carry the feminine theme of the artwork and emphasize their beauty and relation to nature.
Monday, April 24, 2017
This piece has a very clean look to it, with a cleanly outlined map of the United States that was done in black ink. There are several images on the page that are spaced out and allow the eye to travel. The outside of the image is painted in blue, while the inside remains white, creating emphasis on the center. The images overlap the borders of the map and are tilted at different angles. The majority of the work is made up of red white and blue coloring. The work has an overall bright look to it and is not over-crowded with images. The lines coming out of the tooth paste tube draw your eye horizontally across the bottom of the page.
There is an overall very patriotic feel to the image because of the coloring and the images. Some of these images are more obvious than others. George Washington and Donald Trump are two very iconic and controversial characters that are known as images of the United States. The teeth, which are painted red white and blue are also very patriotic. The blue outside of the map seems to represent moving water because of its texture. This work creates the idea that America is place that focuses on images and uses familiar color schemes, such as red white and blue to attract buyers simply because of the familiarity.