Context of Practice Image Analysis Exercise

Socially both of these pieces attack real issues head on, the shock factor that they possess evokes significant interest. Marc Quinn’s sculpture, Alison Lapper Pregnant, displays the artist Alison Lappper, who is disabled, when she was pregnant. The piece stands 12ft high, and therefore is hard to miss, it almost unsubtly displays the artist as a victim. Although it is a hard hitting piece and pushes the boundaries of what has been done before in a similar style. When displayed in Trafalgar Square the piece stood alongside statues of well bodied individuals which clearly shows a difference. As well as this, women are rarely shown in a state such as this. This style of sculpture is often used to show war time and national heroes, such as Admiral Lord Nelson, most of these tend to be male, so displaying a female in this way offers and provokes re thinking. There is a clear introduction of reality in this piece, rather than only showing the norm, Quinn celebrates that within society there are many differences that should be brought to the public’s attention rather than being hidden.

Similarly Jeremy Deller’s piece ‘It Is What It Is’, shows a car destroyed in a 2007 truck bomb attack among the book stalls of Al-Mutanabbi Street in Baghdad, an attack that killed 38 people. This piece was put on the back of a car and driven around. Seemingly this powerful piece offers the opportunity for conversation. It brings the reality of the situation in Iraq to the general public who are otherwise fairly safe and removed from the situation. This piece was taken directly from Iraq, It would seem that Deller has carefully chosen this piece of debris to evoke a feeling of curiosity with the audience, it leaves the question of what could a bomb possibly do to the human form if it can do this to a metal car.

 

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