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Engaging The Humanities 100

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18/07/2012 Dianne M Christie 16446483 1 CURTIN UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY Faculty of Humanities ASSIGNMENT COVER SHEET To be attached to all assignments (ALL SECTIONS MUST BE COMPLETED) STUDENT NAME: Dianne Michele Christie STUDENT ID: 16446483 UNIT NAME AND NUMBER: Engaging in the Humanities 100 DUE DATE: 27 th July 2012 WORD COUNT: N/A TUTORIAL DAY AND TIME: ONLINE TUTOR’S NAME: Judy Weggelaar IT IS ESSENTIAL THAT YOUR TUTOR’S NAME IS ON ALL SUBMITTED ASSIGNMENTS DECLARATION: I declare that I have retained a copy of this assignment. I have read and understood Curtin University policies on Plagiarism and Copyright and declare that this assignment complies with these policies. I declare that this assignment is my own work and has not been submitted previously in any form for assessment. Signature: Dianne M Christie Date 18 th July 2012

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Dianne M Christie 16446483 18/07/2012 2 Dianne M Christie 16446483 Ideology and Representation

Bentley Campus Acknowledgement of Country . As a representative of Curtin University I am proud to honour the Nyungar people and value this place of shared learning. I recognise the historical impacts of the past and as an active participant in reconciliation I am committed to strengthening an equal partnership that will honour the past, present and future. I go forward with honour and respect, by acknowledging the Elders of Nyungar Nation past and present, their descendants and families, sovereign owners of Whadjuk country. : 

Bentley Campus Acknowledgement of Country . As a representative of Curtin University I am proud to honour the Nyungar people and value this place of shared learning. I recognise the historical impacts of the past and as an active participant in reconciliation I am committed to strengthening an equal partnership that will honour the past, present and future. I go forward with honour and respect, by acknowledging the Elders of Nyungar Nation past and present, their descendants and families, sovereign owners of Whadjuk country. 18/07/2012 3 Dianne M Christie 16446483

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Ideology and Representation Men are more likely to look at and identify with the unrealistic images of many artists similar to Jennifer Janesko, whilst women in reality, are more likely to identify with artists such as Jenny Saville and William-Adolphe Bouguereau. Women through all walks of life are expected, by men and themselves, to look a certain way. Uncountable images portraying how women should look are part of everyday life. Paintings, sculptures, magazine photographs, movies and television adverts to name a few, depict the images of the perfect woman. Photoshop has a lot to answer for ! Some women are also accountable for these represented body types being accepted as a reality. For the purpose of this presentation I have chosen two female artists, Jennifer Janesko and Jenny Saville and one male artist, William-Adolphe Bouguereau as representations of how a woman is perceived and the reality of how some women truly look . I believe the image of how a woman should appear are rigidly set in the minds of many men and many women especially in the ideology of western culture. Traditionally artwork depicting women is of a specific nature, sexualised, attractive and pleasing to the eye. Women, I believe, will often identify more readily with art and artists that depict the reality, and not the perceived art produced by male and female artists, whether they are a photographer, painter or sculpture. 18/07/2012 Dianne M Christie 16446483 4

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“As we often accept the idea of good taste unquestioningly, taste can be seen as a logical extension of a culture’s ideology.” (Sturken and Cartwright 2009, 69) Figure 1 . Image of Welcome Distraction Jennifer Janesko 2010 18/07/2012 Dianne M Christie 16446483 5

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“Images are elements of contemporary advertising and consumer culture through which assumptions about beauty, desire, glamour and social value are both constructed and lived .” (Sturken and Cartwright 2009, 23) Figure 2. Image of Echo Red Portrait Jennifer Jenesko 2001 18/07/2012 Dianne M Christie 16446483 6

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“These are all words that arouse ideals of femininity with which this body fails, or perhaps refuses to comply.” ( Meagher, Michelle 2003) “Saville’s work interrogates our perceptions of the female body in challenging ways. To use the self in this way is to come full circle in the questioning of fixed identity and the body” ( Meskimmon 1996, 125 ) Figure 3. Image of Branded Jenny Saville 1992 18/07/2012 Dianne M Christie 16446483 7

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“Meanings of images are created in a complex relationship among producer, viewer, image or text, and the social context, and the negotiation of meaning is a key factor in that relationship.” (Sturken and Cartwright 2009, 72) Figure 4. Image of Biblis William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1884 18/07/2012 Dianne M Christie 16446483 8

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Figure 5. Image of Branded Jenny Saville 1992 F igure 6. Image of Biblis William-Adolphe Bouguereau 1884 18/07/2012 Dianne M Christie 16446483 9

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18/07/2012 Dianne M Christie 16446483 10 Figure 8. Image of Strategy 1993-1994 Jenny Saville Figure 7. Image of Les Deux Baigneuses (The Two Bathers) William-Adolphe Bouguereau undated

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18/07/2012 Dianne M Christie 16446483 11 In conclusion, the door is opened with the kind of artwork that Saville and Bouguereau paint to challenge the male and female perception of the female body and gives an alternative to what is beautiful, acceptable and perfect. Thank you

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References Bouguereau, William-Adolphe. 1884 Biblis. www. ifyouseekpeace.wordpress.com. accessed July 12 2012. http:// ifyouseekpeace.wordpress.com/2010/04/25/retro-rule-five-william- adolphe- bouguereaus-biblis/ Bouguereau, William-Adolphe. The Two Bathers. www.femme-classic-art.com accessed July 15 2012 http :// www.femme-classic-art.com/William-Adolphe-Bouguereau/The-Two- Bathers- William-Adolphe-Bouguereau.html Janesko, Jennifer. 2001 Echo Red Portrait. www.janeskofineart.com accessed July 15 http :// www.janeskofineart.com/Janesko_Original_Painting_Echo_Red_Portrait_p/orig- echo_red_portrait.htm Janesko, Jennifer. 2010 Welcome Distraction. www.janeskofineart.com accessed July 15 http :// www.janeskofineart.com/Janesko_Original_Painting_Welcome_Distraction_p/ori g-welcome_distraction.htm Meagher, Michelle. 2003 “Jenny Saville and a Feminist Aesthetics of Disgust” Hypatia, volume 18 , Number 4, Fall/Winter 2003, pp. 23-41 (article), doi: 1353/hyp.2003.0085 . Meskimmon , Marsha. The art of reflection : women artists' self-portraiture in the twentieth century . New York: Columbia UP, 1996 Saville, Jenny. 1992. Branded. www.art1eproject.wetpaint.com. accessed 2012. http://art1eproject.wetpaint.com/page/Jenny+Saville Saville , Jenny. 1993-94 Strategy. www.saatchgallery.com.uk accessed July 15 http :// www.saatchi- gallery.co.uk/aipe/jenny_saville.htm Sturken, M. and Lisa Cartwright. 2009. Practices of Looking: An Introduction to Visual Culture. New York; Oxford: OUP . 18/07/2012 Dianne M Christie 16446483 12