Artwork that explores how cultures honor those that have passed.
Mentioned in the Express under their One Awesome Thing to Do:
Exhibit: Institute of Texan Cultures, October 13th - November 11th
Artist Reception October 13th by invitation 9-10 Family Day 10-2 open to the public
Artist Statements and Student Work
Brochure Research Worksheet Planning Sheet Self-Evaluation ITC Release #1 and # 2
Artist Statement ITC Catalogue Worksheet ITC Catalogue Worksheet Guidelines
TASK: Construct an assemblage that honors a friend(s), family, or community member who has passed away. Write an artist statement explaining it .
The process of researching and creating remembrance sculptures that reflect their personal experience, and talking and/or writing about it for others, will help students to:
- understand ancestral veneration in art around the world
- explore how art is used to express feelings
- develop communication skills to express personal experiences
- Why do humans commemorate the dead?
- What are the similarities and differences in how diverse cultures honor ancestors?
- How is art a tool for creating community expression, creativity, and self-expression?
- How can art honor and memorialize?
- Introduction to the project—Kick off
- Research how cultures honor and remember the dead
- Compare and contrast
- Plan and design
- Create a personal remembrance
- Write an artist statement
- Video tape the statement
The artist statement will:
- Describe the person honored
- Explain the significance of the objects and design and what they communicate
- Draw cultural influences and connections
- Reflect on the creative process
- Be printed in a museum brochure and video taped for presentation
- Appropriate images for public display
Artist/Artforms Explored: Louise Nevelson, assemblage
Cultural Ties: Mexican Day of the Dead ofrendas, Japanese, and Chinese altars
Example of an Artist Statement:
|| inspiration for this project
||Japan , butsudan
|| How to for making ofrenda and the basic elements to be included.
||constructing a butsudan
|| Great example of mestizo (blending of cultures) Day of the Dead altar dedicated to Al Green. Has two examples of items that while not necessarily offensive, would not be appropriate for a school project.
|| China spirit house
|| Mexican Day of the Dead altar. Symbols explained.