Annotating other Artwork: The purpose of annotating designs in your Visual Study and Folio is to demonstrate to the moderator your understanding of a variety of artworks, visual arts language and the relevance of each artwork to the development of your own work.
Annotating your Artwork: You will use annotation to demonstrate your own decision-making process, with regard to the exploration, development and refinement of your own designs. It also serves as a tool for the
moderator to navigate your folio to see the progression of your thinking and outcome.
Below is a short guide to writing annotations for art; this one is in reference to Patricia Piccinini's 'The Observer'
1) Visual Analysis
In this section you need to discuss, using visual arts language, the various visual elements you observe.
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- Piccinini has used a repeated pattern by stacking the chairs
- The result of stacking these chairs in a curved shape also creates an organic rhythm, almost like some kind of mechanical insect
- The child is precariously balanced on top of the chairs
- Piccinini has also created contrast through the use of dark clothing v light chairs
In this section you need to discuss what technique or medium the artist has used.
- Piccinini has created a hyper-realistic sculptural piece
In this section you need to decide whether this artwork you are discussing falls into a particular style or artistic movement.
- While the technique is hyper-realistic, the unlikely nature in which the child finds themselves would indicate the work as a piece of Surrealism
In this section you need to interpret what the artist is trying to communicate to their audience.
- The immediate impression I get from this image is a sense of tension with the child perched precariously on top of the chairs, looking as if he may tumble at any moment.
- On closer observation the child looks like he is observing what is happening below and perhaps asking 'Why have you put me in this position?'
- Following this thought through, perhaps the delicately balanced chairs represents the world we are building for our children.
5) Success and Relevance
In this section you need to evaluate the success/failure of the artist's work and the relevance to your own work.
- This is a magnificent piece, both technically and conceptually. Technically the illusion of realism is so convincing that you almost expect the child to start breathing, adding to the overall tension of a child in peril. Conceptually the piece is challenging without being indecipherable. I hope to be able to include the realistic elements of this sculpture into my own work