Who are the subjects in Elle’s photos? How do they choose their subjects?
they look at people and the different defining details about them to convert a sort of story that cannot be captured in words.
What does Elle point out as important in a portrait? How does this deviate from typical ideas around what a portrait is? a portrait will never tell the whole story and will only give you a glimpse of what the real story is because every experience has a set of nuances.
How does Elle connect their identity as a queer artist with the way they make work? identity is something you cannot completely define and they like how you can use photography to take certain aspects of people and do that to different details about them.
How does Cuevas expand the definition of drawing in her work? she created a connection between the border by pointing limestone ion the rocks so she sort of drew a line to connect Mexico and the US.
In what ways does she shift typical ideas around political activism and social change? she wanted to make the point that human rights (limits on immigration based on race and ethnicity) should not be political because everyone has that sense of urgency to stand up for what they believe in and wanting to make those kind of changes is not a political issue, its a social issue because its fundamentally human.
How does her work open up ideas for you about your own civic engagement? Do you find yourself agreeing with her or wanting to challenge her ideas? it make4s me wants to be more vocal about the issues I see in our society and it makes me want t make more art about it. I agree with the sentiment about human rights being a human issue, not a political one.
Third artist: Paul Pfeiffer
Why does it resonate with you? Ive always found miniatures to be very interesting because they evoke a sense of control and make us think differently about what we have in our every day life. I also liked the set up of his work.
How is this artist challenging norms or typical narratives in their work? They make us think more about everyday objects, and the different perspectives and possibilities for those objects ands scenes.
How have your ideas changed around what drawing is/can be? If so, explain. Ive come to realize that drawing can be defined more abstractly than what I originally thought. like drawing could be defined and just making a connection between two things.
What has been the most challenging part of the class? keeping up with the u.site. im horrible at using technology, like this is my second time having to retype this whole post because I made it disappear somehow and I just think its incredibly frustrating sometimes.
What aspect/assignment/part of the class has been the most relevant to you/your life? I really like drawing, I do it every day, but I need really used charcoal so I was excited to start using t and I’ve like found a passion for it already, and I like how messy I can be with it, and how easily that mess can go away (I hate being messy-funny for an artist I know lol)
What aspect/assignment/part of the class has been the least relevant to you/your life? I feel like learning about the contour drawings/thumbnails weren’t that relevant to me because I’ve already moved past that step in my journey with art, but it did remind me to be more loose.
Where do you want to most improve in your drawings going forward (can be in terms of technique, concentration, understanding of art, anything)? I would really like to have more practice with realism and making textures look real, right now everything I do its really stylized which is frustrating when m trying to draw a realistic face because it can turn out uncanny.