Art Society Conflict “Norton as Text” – Rebeka Josil

The visit to Norton Museum was a memorial one, and was worth drive to West Palm Beach. I got to experience the changes of paintings throughout the centuries and step into the shoes of each painter’s life in each era. I learnt that painters weren’t respected back then, and they weren’t allowed to paint outside the rules of painting. However, as time progress, more printers broke that barrier and developed new type of paintings. I gained knowledge of each painter trails and achievements throughout that era.

Wangechi Mutu’s painting was really interesting and caught my eyes immediately. The name of the painting is called, “Your Story, My Curse” and captured the world of abstract by ‘manipulating paint and collaging images of animals, vegetables, fashion’. -Norton Museum. What made this even more interesting to me is the painting is a depiction of females. One sentence from the description perfectly states -‘Our use of makeup, clothing, and communication through physical appearance boils down to a very primal urge to attract and/or scare those we want around or afar from us’- Norton Museum.  I felt in the painting, you could of barley depict it was humans, but when you know the story behind the painting that made it more beautiful and unique.

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