This portion of the art-based synthesis assignment is to write (2) narratives. The first narrative is the student’s own summary 300 words of any existing work of art that could be used as a visual image to reflect your own life or something significant about the student’s life. This assignment is for the student to locate any work of art and re-write its narrative and replace it with your own story. The student must first briefly summarize the existing narrative of their selected works of art and then re-write their own story in place of the original story utilizing the same work of art.
(Example): Jon Doe (Artist) originally created a sculpture of large apples called, “Slim Pickings” in 1915. These large metal apples made of steel, aluminum, and copper relate to the history of apple orchards in New York. These sculpted apples were the cause of the coined phrase “how you like them apples”. They were red, bright, and extremely large, they originally were installed on Ellis Island near the statue of Liberty but were later relocated to exist insider of the lobby of the Empire State building. This relocation from Ellis Island to Manhattan also created a cultural shift around the association of the apple and the coined nickname for the state of New York, known as the “Big Apple”. This shift, began to associate apples with good fortune, wealth, new industry, and social capital.
(Example)Your assignment: Re-write the narrative of “Slim Pickings” to fit your own story.
(Example Story) Jane Dine (example student) in 2021, created a sculpture titled “Slim Pickings”. This sculptured work of art depicting 3 large, clustered apples was an expression of her relationship to the State of Washington where she was born and raised. Jane Dine, a woman of mixed race Jewish and Japanese American. During Jane’s upbringing, she experienced many challenges of social and systemic racism while growing up in the Seattle area. These sculpted apples reflect her connection to the Washington red apple, the State itself, and the oppressive reality of racism she learned that this state historically displayed against specifically the Japanese and Asian American community. In the Japanese culture, apples are symbols of fortune, character, and humility, for Jane, they had become images of deception, moments of sweetness, and a painful symbol of injustice. She titled her work of art Slim Pickings because it reminded her of how one bad apple of “racism” can spoil the bunch, leaving many in her community of mixed culture with “slim pickings” of justice, fairness, and equity. Slim Pickings was how Jane’s Great Grandparents and many of her family and community members often felt after experiencing the history of the Japanese internment camps in Seattle. Her Grandfather often tells of their struggles, after that terrible time in Seattle, for the Japanese community, there were slim pickings of opportunities to succeed, safety, housing, schooling, and support. Those who were spoiled by racism could have afforded the Japanese community a better life. Slim Pickings is a narrative often shared by many generations of Japanese descendants in Seattle.
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