Essay research


Week 3- 6/10/2015

During our group meeting we further discussed the direction our essay should go. We continued along the theme each of us discussing different fields of art and within this framework we were each going to discuss how art effects us emotionally, physically and creatively. This was going to be the link for our essay.

Here are my points in more depth than previously.

Art can be defined as any work that can be appreciated. Interaction happens when communication takes place and a reaction occurs. Art is communication and appeals to your aesthetic sense evoking an emotional response. The audience visually interprets art pieces in different ways. This can sometimes lead to a physical interaction, or even a creative one where the art influences the audience to create a version of the piece whether in reality or in their mind.

The Arnolfini Portrait (1434)-Jan Van Eyck

  • A portrait which can be interpreted in many ways and therefore interaction with the artwork starts almost instantly.
  • All the objects depicted create a visual puzzle waiting to be solved.
  • Why are the couple wearing winter clothing but there is a tree bearing fruit indicating summertime?
  • Is it a marriage taking place or some other union?
  • The audience presumes the lady is pregnant but historically artists liked to show women as being pregnant as it was an essential quality for a wife. The dress being held this way also indicated wealth because of the amount of material shown.
  • Is it a religious painting, proof shown in the small medallions surrounding the mirror showing the passion of Christ, or a portrait of wealth because the convex mirror shown was a rare commodity.
  • The mirror is at the viewers eye level and the reflection shows two people entering, but the question is who?
  • The artist has painted a convex mirror giving the illusion of the spectator being sucked into the image. The reflection is also distorted giving a wider field of view creating an illusion that more can be seen in the mirror if you look close enough.
  • Emotionally it is a rollercoaster ride of questions.

Your visual sense comes alive interpreting the different realities of this art work and within yourself the spectator begins creating another image trying to piece together all the objects to enable the portrait to make sense on first glance. There is a physical interaction because of the way the audiences experiences the painting and how this is carried to your visual and emotional senses.


The Ambassadors (1533)-Hans Holbein

  • This portrait again messes with your emotions and visual sense but also requires physical interactivity. As the spectator you are drawn to the skull and query its method of being painted. There is a creative interactivity because of it’s unusual shape the audience feels they are influenced by the painter to recreate it but as an image which can be understood at first glance.
  • It depicts wealth and death showing two realities.
  • The distorted shape has to be viewed from the right angle to interpret that it is a skull.
  • This anamorphic technique has been revised to create breathtaking optical illusion 3D art.


The Girl Before a Mirror (1932)-Picasso


Dies Irae(2011)-Kurt Wenner

  • 3D street art that uses inspiration from the anamorphism technique shown in the paintings of the renaissance period creating an illusion of height and broadness on a 2D horizontal plane has become a worldwide craze.
  • Emotionally as the scene unfolds all your senses come alive. Depending on the piece your emotions go through a wide spectrum of feelings.
  • The art becomes interactive on many levels. As soon as the visual artist uses his tools to start the work the audience gets a unique viewing to the piece being created. They can simultaneously interact with the artist and become part of the artwork being created.
  • The technique, tools, colours and textures used produce artwork that requires the audience to physically interact with the piece as you have to view it from the correct angle to get the 3D illusion.



Horizons(       -Neil Dawson

  • 3D sculptures that create a 2D illusion.
  • Again the audience interacts physically as they have to view it from the correct angle and position to interpret the artists sculpture.
  • These sculptures become interactive installations because they visually change their perspective.
  • On a creative interaction level you feel that you want to copy the artist but on a smaller scale to see the reality in the structure. For example placing a paper exactly the same way on a mountain hill to see if it provides you with the same illusion as the artists sculpture.



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