After our annual Freestyle field trip to the SF Museum of Modern Art, seniors were tasked with putting together a personal museum of artwork that we saw and enjoyed. We then also had a section where we included artwork from SF MOMA that we didn’t like and we explained why it didn’t resonate with us. The artwork that we did and did not like reflected who we are as artists and our distinctive artistic styles.
How has your own work as an artist and your own criticism of your artwork influenced your choices about which pieces made your Personal Museum and which pieces didn’t make the cut?
I like to make my artwork go above and beyond, especially in film. Instead of simply completing the requirements of what to include in our projects, I like to put my own twist to my work to make it solely something that only I could have created or thought of. I like to go out and learn separate skills from the class to include to create deeper meaning to my work. The pieces which made my Personal Museum made me think and made me feel that the artist truly had a purpose in creating the piece. My artistic choices impacted how I created my Personal Museum because I looked for artwork that allowed me to get to know the artist better, and artwork that I definitely couldn’t have created myself or thought of myself.
Since art has no right and wrong, it was interesting to see how each of our artistic perspectives and preferences differed. Looking at all of the exhibits at the SF MOMA gave me a lot of inspiration for my own artwork and gave me the chance to think not only about the art itself but also about the artist behind the painting or photograph or sculpture.