Wk 1 – Artist Interview – Ana Porter and Stephanie Sherman

One piece of art in particular caught my attention. It was “Slaughter” by Ana Porter and Stephanie Sherman. This piece consisted of two TV screens, one showing footage of the slaughtering of a sheep while it is struggling for its life and the other showing its meat being cut up in preparation for a meal. 

To the right of the TV screens is the story behind the videos. Essentially, the artist(s) sounded as if they were glorifying the slaughtering of the sheep, stating that she loves meat and has always wanted to slaughter an animal. On top of it all, it can be seen as art if it was caught on camera and on canvas. 

However, the two videos were thought provoking on a different level. Looking solely at the video of the meat preparation, one would initially just view it as food. It is not until the individual sees the video of the process of slaughtering of the animal for its meat that a new perspective is gained. We normally take food for granted and do not consider the fact that a life is taken for that meal. This may cause the individual to appreciate the food more or even be appalled by the process. Either way, food (meat specifically) can be viewed a lot differently if seen through the lens of Ana Porter and Stephanie Sherman.photo (1)

Wk 1 – Classmate Conversation – Branden Saito

Today in Art, I spoke to my classmate Branden Saito about certain art pieces that stood out to us. Initially, I just wanted clarification of our assignments;  however, throughout our conversation, I also got to know Branden on a more personal level. We mostly discussed school and future endeavors. He is taking Art 110 solely to fulfill his GE requirements.

Branden is a third year and, after exploring several majors, he is now aspiring to be an IT for Google or any major company after college. We eventually discussed heritage and culture. Branden is a fifth generation Japanese American while I am a first generation Vietnamese American. We spoke about the adjustment to American culture. He mentioned it was an easy transition for him since his parents are already Americanized. On the other hand, I talked about how the two cultures of mine almost seemed like polar opposites at times. 

All in all, getting to know Branden and his perspective on life, art and culture was an intriguing experience. I would enjoy another conversation with him in the near future.

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