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Is Art Transformative?-William Kentridge

William Kentridge is an artist well-known for his animated films.
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Teresa and Louisa-7VA6

on 25 May 2011

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Is Art Transformative? Breathe William Kentridge Return William Kentridge is an artist who is well known for his animated films. These artworks are mainly constructed by filming drawings and changing them, as he progresses with his videos. Art Transformation Art transformation is the changing in form in art. Also, the alteration of its manner/behaviour and appearance is also relevant in the transformation of art. The way William Kentridge uses art in ‘Breathe’, art is definitely transformative. This is because in his artwork ‘Breathe’, small bits of black tissue paper (torn) are used to create an image of a female singer, on the table, covered with a white piece of cardboard. By fanning the pieces of paper with additional tissue paper falling down, it depicts the movement of her breathing. In a way, this is transformed into the rhythm of her breathing. Rather than, only the ‘nose breathing’, this particular technique incorporates the entire image. The material used has the same features as the charcoal that William Kentridge uses for his other well-known animations. These include the burnt texture the paper has. In his film ‘Return’, his sculptures create illusions. By rotating the images the pieces of cardboard form clear images, portraying pictures of humans, animals, including horses and in some cases, silhouettes. Rather than disappearing, William Kentridge transforms the materials into images. When an audience is viewing the sculpture without the revolution, the result will be that the cardboard will appear to be unnecessary pieces attached to the wire. However, when seeing the whole thing, the image seems to come to life and actually depicts something in a detailed form.
‘Return’ is a very creative and unique type of art, which William Kentridge uses. The technique used is quite transformative because it transforms from something unimaginative to something extremely thoughtful. Through the use of this creative practice, the image has a more detailed meaning. What Will Come In ‘What Will Come’, William Kentridge transforms a cylindrical mirror on a table to revolving images, for example aeroplanes and tanks. In this particular artwork, the manner of our emotions and memory including the responsibilities in our everyday lives are showed. Also, the transformation is how they come together and then it shatters. (When the image gradually draws out) It somehow portrays the process between peace and conflict. The theme of this artwork is related to the title ‘What Will Come’ which implies that the future is unpredictable. Through William Kentridge’s artworks, we can determine that art is definitely transformative in many ways. The resources used, the appearance and structure are all art transformations. Teresa Wang and Louisa Cheng
7VA6 Louisa's Personal Experience Teresa's Personal Experience In his artwork 'Breathe', William has used a lot of
imagination and creativity in his design and the
way of doing it. In my experience, I realised that
art is transformative and can be very complex
and fun at the same time. In William Kentridge's film, 'Return', the feature that allowed the artwork to be completely visible was the revolution. It required patience to view the resulting product. From a certain perspective, the structure may seem to have unnecessary pieces attached to the main foundation. (the wire) In my personal experience of transformation, I have learnt that patience is 'the key to success'. Patience is required in many situations. For example, when learning a new art technique, time is required to eventually perfect the practice.
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