Examine how artists have used art to represent personal experiences or beliefs.
Many Artists are influenced by their own personal experiences, social values and cultural beliefs. This is illustrated in their works in a variety of different ways. By examining the artworks of Ricky Swallow, Brett Whiteley and Louise Bourgeois we are given an insight into the minds and emotions of these artists, and by using the frames we are able to understand how these artists approach their work.
Ricky Swallow uses his own person memories of his childhood fishing trips to create the artwork ‘Killing Time’. The life-sized kitchen table strewn with a variety of sea creatures and carved from a single block of wood is a literal representation of Swallow’s childhood, and illustrates a visual autobiography of the creatures that he caught and killed himself. Each sea creature is painstakingly carved in exact detail and size, while the table itself is a replica of his own family kitchen table. ‘Killing Time’ gives us a rare insight into the personal memories stored in Swallow’s mind and we are able to envision exactly what it must have been like in his home and where he has come from.
When viewed through the subjective frame we are confronted with warm wholesome emotions of our own experiences, and Swallow’s artwork of his childhood memories integrates with our own. ‘Killing Time’ allows us as the audience to share a more personal connection with Swallow.
“I wanted to warm it up a bit. I wanted to make a good song and maybe it is about being less inhibited about letting people in to where you're from and what you're about. I think if things come from a place that is more curious and intimate, then they also have that relationship with the viewer and that can be a bit more successful than being 'the dude' all the time."
Swallow embraces the personal connection he has made with the audience through expressing his memories in the artwork of ‘Killing Time’, and has used art as an...