Wednesday, March 30, 2016


I liked this piece because of the way that the hands are almost touching and hot the two figures are reaching out toward each other but are leaning away. The girls expression is also interesting because she seems to be wary rather than trusting even though the man she is interacting with is a soldier and they are commonly viewed as trustworthy individuals.

Jacketti- War

I chose War because I liked that the fist doesn't have a race- only a white outline. One could assume that the fist was the color of the page, but the page color is not that of any specific nationality in an obvious way. I thought the detailing was nice as well because you can feel how tight the fist is being made, but it's still only an outline.

St. Narcissus

This piece is incredible in person. Autobiographic artwork is always interesting and I love how this shows one side of the artist.


This is my favorite piece by Jacketti because I love that it is not a full body, it is just the upper torso and face. I think that in choosing to just focus on the face it makes it more special and more interesting. I think it would be cool to do another piece like this, but with the daughter at an older age.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


I chose this simply because, WOW. The way he portrays a aristocratic society is very funny. All of this artwork embodies this man art and expression. But this to me takes it to the next level, the cloths do it for me, helped by the action.

Butterfly Kid

I really like Yinka Shonibare's sculptures, specifically his human like figures. I find his work to be very unique and enjoy the use of many different patterns and colors. I also really like the way the figures are placed. Many of his figures are placed in a way that shows movement and balance, which I find to be interesting. 

Yinka Art

Yinka Shonibare MBE RA was born in London and moved to Lagos, Nigeria at the age of three. He returned to London to study Fine Art first at Byam Shaw College of Art (now Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design) and then at Goldsmiths College, where he received his MFA, graduating as part of the ‘Young British Artists’ generation. He currently lives and works in the East End of London.

Anti-Masturbation Device ;)

I liked the "Anti-Masturbation Device" by Yinka Shonibare because I think that the colors are beautiful and that they are complimentary to each other. I also like the contrast between the materials used because of the different textures of velvet, glass, leather, and metal. Although this is a more provocative piece than many of his other sculptures, I think that this is one of his better pieces.


Yinka Shonibare is a British artist living in London. His work explores cultural identity, colonialism and post-colonialism within the contemporary context of globalization. A hallmark of his art is the brightly colored fabric he uses. This art work stood out to me because i thought it was pretty cool how it looked like he was shooting himself in the head.

Yinka Shonibare

I chose Planets in my Head, Philosophy by Yinka Shonibare because he usually does not include a head on his mannequins to keep them universal. This piece is still universal being that there is no actual facial features however, I like that he used a globe of the planets as the head of the mannequin. This collection of his is interesting because he poses each one in a different manner. This one is reading, symbolizing philosophy. There are others that show literature, physics, music, arts, etc.

Yinka Shonibare "Boy Balancing Knowledge"

Yinka Shonibare is a very unique British artist. I chose the "Boy Balancing Knowledge" sculpture because of how the sculpture has so much weight on top, however it is still balanced perfectly. I also liked this sculpture because I think it has a strong meaning it is impossible to know all knowledge. Hence the reason the boy is almost tipped completely because he cannot know and learn everything.

Yinka Shonibare: Mobility

This artwork is part of Yinka's exhibition called Mobility. I like this collection because the figure looks as if it is trying to balance. The figures arms are perfectly stretched out and even the placement of the figures fingers are very realistic and display real human motion. I also like Yinka's grandiose costume designs--they are very colorful and pleasing to the eye. The use of the large unicycle adds a carnival theme to the artwork. Overall, very interesting work.


I chose this picture because of the color. I also think its cool how he has the person balancing on the back of his chair, as well as the bowling ball as a head. this person is obviously drunk due to the empty bottle in his hand.

How to Blow Up Two Heads at Once (Ladies) 2006

I chose this piece because it seemed so still. The tension between the two bodies is clear and I feel that since the focus in a piece like this would usually be the heads and faces of the two women, Yinka's style of headless mannequins works to prove that what is thought to be most important can be done without.

Yinka Shonibare- Magic Ladder Kid

The Magic Ladder Kid by Yinka Shonibare is made of a Fiberglass mannequin, Dutch wax printed cotton textile, a wooden ladder, hardback books, a globe, and a leather and steel baseplate.  I think Yinka is trying to represent the progression of knowledge in this piece in the sense that each book represents a level of knowledge and as you step up the ladder you conquer that piece of knowledge.  It's very simple yet extremely complex in thought.  

Yinka artwork

 This piece of artwork formed by Yinka Shomibare, "Leisure Lady," has a a victorian touch to it and shares vivid British history. the woman wears colorful African cloth and includeds the establishment of new policies of New Imperialism. the clothing is extremely detailed and captures the eye.

Yinka- Magic Ladder Kid V

Yinka Shonibare I must say is a unique artist. Many of his pieces speaks on common universal ideologies and social issues. I like this piece in particular because of its comment on knowledge and success. It is widely known that the more you know,  the further you will climb the ladder to success in this world. In the piece he manages to use the globe as the head of the person which could represent the capacity of how far someones mind could go. Then he has a ladder which has a book for each step. This concept is really straightforward about what the amount of knowledge you have can do for you. More importantly, he inscribes his personal style of designing a colorful and well dressed mannequin. Overall this piece was well orchestrated and brilliant. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud's concept in this artwork does not  seem complex at all. It's just a gumball machine. What I like about it is that it's familiar. It reminds me of something from my childhood. I think it also depicts the era of the 1950's; the simple life and the good life.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Paint Pan

I like this piece because of its attractive colors. like his other works, this one is very colorful and eye catching. I also like the reflection that he creates with the paint. The details that is provided on the paint pan on the left creates a great sense of depth.

Wayne Thiebaud

Wayne Thiebaud is an American painter widely known for his colorful works depicting commonplace objects such as pies, lipsticks, paint cans, ice cream cones, pastries, and hot dogs. He is also known for  his landscapes and figure paintings. I choose this work because the detail is all there and it makes the painting stand out.

Yellow Dress

I had a difficult time deciding on which image to post as I really enjoyed looking at Thiebaud's work. I really like how Thiebaud's works are so simple and focused on mundane objects. I like the way in which he presents the object to you. When looking at this oil and charcoal drawing it really made me stop, look at and study an object which I would otherwise not have stopped to look at. 


I chose this sculpture by Wayne Thiebaud because I like the use of colors and the separation of colors in this piece. I also like how he used gloss to give the donuts a smooth texture. I think that its interesting that he made the donuts so many different colors because that makes it a more abstract piece.

Seven Suckers

I chose Seven Suckers by Wayne Thiebaud. I like the organization of his work in general but in this piece specifically, the shadows are so low that it seems as though the viewer is outside on a summer day and the lollipops are on the pavement. It felt oddly nostalgic which was another main reason I chose this piece. Overall, I like Thiebaud's style.

Wayne Thiebaud

Best known for his paintings of cakes, pies, pastries, and toys, Wayne Thiebaud hadn’t planned on becoming a visual artist. He apprenticed as a cartoonist at Walt Disney studios and intended to work as a commercial illustrator, but his friend Robert Mallary turned him towards a career in fine art. Thiebaud was friendly with Franz Kline and Willem de Kooning, but avoided their Abstract Expressionism in favor of a figural style. Though Thiebaud is most often grouped with the Pop artmovement for his subject matter, the artist considers himself “just an old fashioned painter,” and “not a card carrying Pop artist.” He remains best known for his still lifes of confections—sometimes painted from his own memories—which he considers interpretations of “Americanness.” In his works, objects and their shadows are characteristically outlined in multiple colors, creating a visual effect Thiebaud calls akin to vibration.

Wayne Thiebaud-Gumball machine

I chose the Gumball Machine (From Seven Still Lifes and a Silver Landscape Portfolio), made in 1971 by Wayne Thiebaud because I like how detailed the gumballs were and how he was able to make the machine look realistic with the use of pastels.  This painting is very colorful and simple and I believe it would stand out in any room.

Wayne Thiebaud: Five Eating Figures

I really like Wayne Thiebaud's retro inspired art. He is well known for his neutral paintings that usually incorporate food in some aspect. I am particularly drawn to this piece of work because I like the 1960's vibe to it. I also like the composition of the art and how he placed the people in a natural setting that appears to be on the beach. I have learned that Theibaud art is reminiscent of his actual memories, so maybe he was at the beach this day and was inspired by these five people. Its simple but still tells a story and captures a time era. 

Wayne Thiebaud, "Cakes," 1963. National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C

I don't think I like Wayne Thiebaud. I learned from reading about his pieces that a lot of the paintings he does is from memory, which I respect and find impressive. Nevertheless, I think the pictures are boring; they remind me of something that I'd find in a doctor's office.

Two Paint Cans

I chose Two Paint Cans by Wayne Thiebaud because it was the first one that I came across that made me stop and really look at it. I love how he captured the reflectiveness of the metal cans with simple colored streaks on gray. I also like the open dripping paint can because it makes me think of the imperfection and messiness of art. This is a painting that I would love to have in my home.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Wayne Thiebaud

I chose Thiebaud's Two Jolly Cones because I love his sweets collection.  The use of pastels and the simplicity of the subject is very pleasing to the eye. It is whimsical and really pops out from the page.  

Wayne Thiebaud

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Ernesto Neto

I chose to do this sculpture because I like the colors that he used and how the yellow is distributed on the ground. I also like the shape of the container that the yellow stuff is in.

-Aimee Caron

Kate Macdowell

Deborah Butterfield

I chose Deborah Butterfield as my inspiration for my final piece. I chose her work because it expresses the spirit of nature that I wish to convey in my pieces. I like the realism of the horses she makes out of wood scraps.

Robert Rauschenberg

I chose Robert Rauschenberg as inspiration for my body of work because I like his use of recycled materials to create something completely different from the objects original purpose. Much of his artwork includes garbage found on the streets of New York City. While he did paint and was a photographer, he is best known for his combines and assemblage sculptures. Like Rauschenberg, I will use recycled materials to complete my body of work. 

The works of Stephen King

For my body of work I have chosen to create works based off a literary artist. Stephen King creates dark worlds with fascinating characters and is he is my favorite author. The reason I believe having my work inspired by books is a good idea is because when you read you create your own version of a story there is a lot of room for creativity because so many details are left in the readers hands to decide so I think I can translate that into a pretty cool project!

MC Escher

I chose Escher and his artwork as inspiration for my work this semester. I love his variety of abstract and contemporary pieces. His use of symmetry is amazing, as well as breath taking.

Claes Oldenburg

Claes Oldenburg is an American sculptor, best known for his public art installations typically featuring very large replicas of everyday objects. Another theme in his work is soft sculpture versions of everyday objects. He also makes all different kind of food sculptures which caught my eye. I will be making sculptures of food out for clay as he did for my 5 projects.

Louise Nevelson

I chose Louise Nevelson who was an American sculptor known for her monumental, outdoor, and wooden wall pieces sculptors. She is most known for her wooden wall-like sculptures that consist of boxes and compartments that hold abstract shapes and found objects. I found it interesting because she connects different shapes together giving it an interesting appealing style. I will be creating sculptures relating to her artwork but using clay as my medium instead of wood.

Robert Arnesen


I chose this picture because its so abstract and has a lot of color for a clay sculpture i also like that its a sculpture of his face. Theres so much going on for one head sculpture. maybe this shows how he was feeling at one point in his life.

Body of Work- Richard Serra

The sculptor I am modeling my work after is Richard Serra.  His sculptures are abstract and interactive with the viewer.  My work will be on a much smaller scale so I will use an aerial view to include the viewer in the pieces.  I will be using four different materials for each project leading up to the fifth in which all four mediums will be used.