Written Reflection Q&A
1. Why is it important for artists to study other artists from various time periods or cultures?
A: Art has always been a strong representation of struggle and public opinion. To truly understand history, you must look into the art.
2. Briefly describe the political or social issue you chose to explore and why.
A: Photoshopping girls in magazines. As women empowerment and acceptance grows, photoshop becomes less of a necessity.
3. Describe the artworks of the artist(s) that you researched, and how their artwork revealed the particular social/political issues and/or themes of their time.
A: Kara Eschbach and Janet Sahm created a magazine by the name of “Verily” which is “one of the leaders in championing diverse, real beauty with [a] no-photoshop policy...”. They believe this magazine is a small step toward change. Women beauty standards lead more women to lean toward unhealthy eating habits. With untouched photos of women on mass media, it is a rebellious act toward a more aggressive social norm.
4. How is your work similar or different from the artworks that you studied?
A: Although both have the same idea attached to it, each have their own style to it. Verily Magazine has a more staged image while this “Self Magazine” was taken very naturally and close up. The Verily cover font is handwritten and colorful, used mainly to attract the youth. The “Self” cover has a more sleek and professional font, attracting the eye of women from young adult up.
“a rebellious act toward a more aggressive social norm.”
5. Describe how your work communicates a particular point of view about the social or political issue you chose.
A: This piece is obviously more liberal about the idea of women being comfortable in their own skin. The inside articles advertised on each side of her head gives advice and stories told and given by women just like them, no Martha Stewart impossible 26-step program. As Kara Eschbach and Janet Sahm write on their webpage, “We publish insightful and relatable articles that touch on all facets of women’s lives: real fashion & beauty, relationships, healthy living, and popular culture.”