EXPLORING THE effect OF CONTEMPORARY STYLES ON HISTORIC ARTWORK AND ITS INFLUENCE ON VISUAL PERCEPTION

CONCEPT

Working with at-risk children in Montgomery, Alabama illustrated to me the lack of students’ exposure to art in public schools. Thus, this series began as an experiment to change the discourse on art in a causal setting, wherein the contemporary version of a well-known historical painting could prompt discussion on the original painting as well as the state of contemporary art today. One could then have a discussion on ‘high’ art with someone with very little knowledge of the subject because of their familiarity of the original work. For instance, a painting of the Mona Lisa with pink hair would be a familiar image for children to work with, inciting discussion on the differences in the two paintings and the potential reasons for the change. Though I only had a chance to bring two paintings of this series to the classroom, the discourse was as lively as I had hoped, and the students responded much more positively to discussions when presented with tangible works.