Saturday 25 July 2020

Identity. Art by Rachel Hancock

I have been studying Modern Art and Ideas at The Museum of Modern Art NYC online.

One of the learning modules is Art and Identity. It featured the work of some of my favourite artists including, Frida Kahlo, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol and Henri Matisse. 

When I make my collages, I don’t think about my identity usually. My art is typically surrealistic and I let my imagination take over.

For my final assessment in the course, I will be curating 5-10 images and writing about how it each artwork is related to the module of Art and Identity. 

So I thought I would make a collage pertaining to my own identity.

This collage is a map of Europe with the female subject looking at Germany with a large magnifying glass focusing on Germany. The only area that seems clear is under the magnifying glass. The woman is the collage is meant to be me, but don’t like to show what I look like so it’s somebody else.

This depicts my search of looking for information about my maternal German ancestors. They came to Australia from a little German village called Niklashausen, Werbach in Baden-Württemberg. 

I will never get to Germany for various reasons, including my great fear of flying. If teleportation was a reality, I would be there in an instant for this village is a part of my identity.

Identity, Rachel Hancock

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