“Most art critics write about art that engages them deeply.” – bell hooks, Art on My Mind.
This paper is intended to help you think through some of the questions introduced in class during the first two weeks: What is feminism? What is art? What is visual culture? What is feminist art? What are feminist ways of seeing and methods of interpretation? It also asks you to spend some time looking closely at an image and to practice analyzing it in terms of its formal qualities and its social meaning and context. Think of it as a creative experiment in crafting a visual essay, in which the words you write deepen your understanding of images and the images you choose influence the way you write about them.
1 Pick a work of art that engages you deeply.
2 Describe its formal and material properties. Think here about medium, style, color, composition, etc. How does it draw and hold your visual attention?
Your paper should be 4-‐5 typed pages (not including the images or works cited page), using the following formatting: double-‐spacing, 12-‐point font, 1-‐inch margins. The first draft is a low-‐stakes writing assignment and will be graded on a scale of ✓+ (5 points), ✓ (4.5 points), ✓-‐ (4 points), not turned in (0 points). The revision will be graded on a 4.0 scale.
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