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Knowledge Base
     
     
 
General Knowledge
 
  I began building my knowledge base by creating a KWL chart about social norms. When I found that I did not know much about social norms, I read a couple sociology books and began researching social norms on the internet. Next, I made a list of social norms that I remembered from my school days. I also discussed social norms with my students and made a list of the norms that they pointed out and ones that I observed at my school.  
     
 
Artists
 
 

William Wegman

I began looking at the work of William Wegman after visiting his exhibition at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus. I was intrigued by his response to social norms and the way he made fun of most norms.I liked his postcard extension paintings the most because they created a large fluid picture from random, unlike pictures. I thought this was an interesting way to combine unlike items and give them a commonality.

William Wegman
Recusants, 1999

Softground etching and aquatint with laser copy
Image Size: 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches

 

William Wegman

William Wegman
Boarding, 1999

Softground etching and aquatint with laser copy
Image Size: 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches

William Wegman

William Wegman
Lock, 1999

Softground etching and aquatint with laser copy
Image Size: 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches

William Wegman

William Wegman
Cheese Factory, 1999

Softground etching and aquatint with laser copy
Image Size: 9 1/4 x 11 3/4 inches

 

 

Tricia Earl

I came upon the work of Tricia Earl purely by accident. I was looking for artists that used the big idea of social norms, and when I typed "social norms artist" into a search engine, her work popped up. As I studied her digital pictures, I thought about the message she was trying to convey about how women are treated by society and the media. Earl makes her viewers really look at how people are stereotyped by norms and how social norms affect our lives. She wants her art to speak out to people and this is what I want from my art too. I want to people to have to take time and figure out the message behind the artwork. Earl uses experiences from her own life in her work to get her point across and I am using my experiences as a student and experiences from my own students to create my works. She alters her subjects and their environments to create a dialog about the point she is trying to make.

 

Tricia Earl

Romantic Friendship, 2005

Image Size: 18 inches x 18 inches

 

Tricia Earl

Control Burn (Barbarella), 2007

 

 

Tricia Earl

Fem Hell Cat, 2005

Image Size: 9 inches x 9 inches

 

 

 

 

Tricia Earl

Safe Zone, 2005

Image Size: 9 inches x 9 inches

 

 

 
 

Claes Oldenburg

After deciding that I wanted to make a large lunch sack, I thought about the work of Claes Oldenburg. He takes everyday objects and makes them larger than life before placing them in environments that relate back to the original object. His work grabs the viewers attention because of its size and placement. I wanted to use this element of scale in one of my pieces.

 

7-UP

 

Claes Oldenburg

7-Up, 1961

Enamel on plaster-soaked cloth on wire

Image Size: 55 x 39 1/4 x 5 1/2 in.

 

 

Soft Toilet, 1966

 

Claes Oldenburg

Soft Toilet, 1966

 

 


Claes Oldenburg

Floor Burger, 1971

 

 

Claes Oldenburg

Floor Cake, 1963